Notes: Guillen feeling better

Notes: Guillen feeling better

DETROIT -- Carlos Guillen, back from a rehabilitation stint in Miami, will resume baseball activities on Monday, though it's unclear when the shortstop would be able to return to the Tigers lineup.

Guillen traveled to Miami in mid-August to focus on strengthening the quadriceps muscle around the surgically-repaired ACL in his right knee. Guillen, who was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 11, is expected to hit in the batting cage and field ground balls.

"This is the next stage," manager Alan Trammell said.

Guillen said he worked out every day in Miami, from 8:00 a.m. to noon before resuming the physical therapy for three more hours in the afternoon. Guillen indicated he hoped to return in September and anticipated the rehab will continue during the winter.

"I would like to play," said Guillen, sitting in the Tigers clubhouse.

Trammell declined to put a timetable on Guillen's potential return.

"I don't want to say this week [or] next week," Trammell said. "He's feeling much better."

The Rock: Rondell White, wearing a sling for his dislocated left shoulder, bounced through the Tigers clubhouse on Monday morning. Trammell enthusiastically welcomed back White, who rejoined his teammates after watching several road losses on television.

"Rock is a super individual," Trammell said of White.

Trammell predicted the outfielder will play in the big leagues again next season. White, a free agent at year's end, doesn't know if he'll remain in Detroit.

"I love it here, but it's a business," White said.

Higginson update: Another injured veteran, Bobby Higginson, anticipates his time with the organization will end shortly. Higginson, who debuted with the Tigers in 1995, underwent surgery on his right elbow in late May.

"It's safe to say," Higginson said of his departure. "I've come to grips with it already."

Higginson scrapped plans to attempt a September comeback after experiencing some discomfort throwing a ball. Higginson indicated he still plays catch and swings the bat, but otherwise did not want to cause long-term damage while making a difficult throw.

Higginson said he hopes to latch onto a contending team next season, even if it's as the 25th man on the roster.

"I wouldn't be playing for the Devil Rays or the Kansas City Royals, or something like that," Higginson said.

Labor Day break: Trammell rested Placido Polanco for the holiday matinee, instead slotting John McDonald at second base. Trammell indicated Polanco will receive a few days off during the season's final month.

"He's a little banged up," Trammell said of Polanco.

Coming up: The Tigers face the Indians on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Detroit's Jason Johnson (7-11, 4.60 ERA) opposes Cliff Lee (14-4, 3.90 ERA) in the 7:05 p.m. ET start.

Patrick Mooney is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.