Notes: Guillen back in lineup

Notes: Guillen back in lineup

DETROIT -- Apparently Carlos Guillen felt better than good.

A day after manager Alan Trammell said he'd wait to see how Guillen feels before deciding whether to put him in the lineup, Guillen was back in the cleanup spot. Moreover, he was at shortstop, putting him back in the field after he jammed his knee on a baserunning play Tuesday night.

As Trammell has said on numerous occasions, he needs Guillen in the lineup whenever possible for his bat, but he can't afford to lose him for an extended period of time. Thursday's loss dropped the Tigers to 2-4 in games Guillen doesn't start. They've scored 17 runs in the six games Guillen hasn't started, including their only shutout of the season.

To keep him healthy, Trammell has used Guillen at DH four times in the last two weeks. Trammell isn't sure how that plan will continue moving forward.

"I'm sure that's a thought," Trammell said. "Where do we go from today? I don't know. We'll just see. Basically, he's a guy that every day you have to check with."

Guillen's days off did not knock him out of qualification for the AL batting lead. However, he entered Friday ranked second in the league with a .371 average, trailing Baltimore's Brian Roberts. With two hits Friday, Guillen retook the league lead in batting at .375.

Does anyone feel a draft: Baseball America released its projected first round Friday for next month's First-Year Player Draft and came to a similar conclusion for the Tigers as's mock draft from earlier in the month, with Detroit likely taking Wichita State right-hander Mike Pelfrey.

Pelfrey has attracted significant interest from the Tigers, whose new scouting director David Chadd also has roots in Wichita. At 6-foot-7 and blessed with a mid- to upper-90s fastball, Pelfrey fits the Tigers' traditional preference towards big, hard-throwing pitchers.

However, there's also a fair amount of speculation he could be taken before the Tigers draft at No. 10, potentially as high as one of the top three spots. Part of the uncertainty is because he's represented by Scott Boras, whose top two picks from last year -- Jered Weaver and Stephen Drew -- remain unsigned and could go back into this year's pool.

If the Tigers go with Pelfrey, it would mark the third consecutive year they've chosen a college pitcher with their top pick. However, it's far from a lock they'll go back to pitching. Like many teams, the Tigers are believed to have shown interest towards University of Virginia third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, projected to go fourth to Washington. Other possibilities include University of Miami third baseman Ryan Braun, USC catcher Jeff Clement, Cal State-Fullerton lefty Ricky Romero and Oregon State outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Speaking of top picks: Last year's first-round selection, Justin Verlander, turned in another stellar outing at Class A Lakeland. He pitched an eight-inning complete game Thursday with a run allowed on eight hits and nine strikeouts, but lost a 1-0 decision at Palm Beach. For the season, he's allowed 37 hits in 52 innings with 13 walks and 64 strikeouts.

Glaus-ed over Detroit: Diamondbacks third baseman Troy Glaus said he seriously considered joining the Tigers as a free agent last offseason, but that family factors pushed him toward staying close to the West Coast and signing with Arizona.

"It was very serious. At the end, it just turned out that for me and my family, the right place was to go to Arizona," said Glaus, who signed a four-year, $45 million contract with the Diamondbacks around baseball's Winter Meetings. "I was absolutely considering [Detroit]."

Part of the appeal, Glaus said, was the Tigers' young pitching and professional attitude, especially among its position players. "They know how to play," Glaus said. "They've got good, talented players here. And that's very attractive to come in and play."

Troy Percival, his former teammate with the Angels, called Glaus soon after signing with Detroit and made a recruiting pitch. Trammell and bullpen coach Lance Parrish drove in and met with Glaus at his Southern California home.

Glaus' offense is one reason the Diamondbacks have rebounded from 111 losses last year to enter Friday at eight games over .500. Another is the contribution of former Tiger Tony Clark, who has become a valued power hitter off the bench.

"It's been unbelievable," Clark said.

Upon further review: Having just watched three games against Tampa Bay, manager Alan Trammell was able to compare the raw speed of Nook Logan opposite Devil Rays starter Carl Crawford.

Though Trammell cautioned that they have different running styles and vastly different physiques, "I think Nook's a tad faster, though they're both in the upper class."

Coming up: The Tigers continue their Interleague series against the Diamondbacks with their first Saturday night home game of the season. Nate Robertson will pitch opposite Shawn Estes in the 7:05 p.m. ET start.

Jason Beck is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.