Guillen scratched with bruised knee

Guillen scratched with bruised knee

DETROIT -- Just when it looked like the Tigers would finally get their entire starting lineup back, another prominent hitter hobbled into their clubhouse.

Carlos Guillen was scratched for Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Rangers with a bruised right knee. He did not dress for the game and received treatment from the athletic training staff throughout the day. He is listed as day-to-day.

"He can't even walk," manager Jim Leyland said. "He might play tomorrow. He might not play for a week."

With Curtis Granderson and Placido Polanco back, and Gary Sheffield hopeful for Friday, it looked like the Tigers had the lineup that people predicted would score 1,000 runs together this weekend for the first time since late in Spring Training.

But then Guillen fouled a pitch off his knee on Wednesday night.

He finished the at-bat, smashing a long single off the wall, and then even stole second base "just to test it out." After the game, Guillen iced the knee and said he didn't feel much pain, but the next morning was a different story.

"We just can't get our team together," Leyland said. "Hopefully, one of these days we'll get to see our team."

Guillen has been one of the most consistent hitters in an inconsistent offense. His fourth three-hit game of the year on Wednesday raised his average to .328, which ranks in a tie for sixth in the American League. He leads the Tigers with eight doubles and a .432 on-base percentage.

Leyland recently named Guillen, the former starting first baseman, the team's new third baseman, which will take effect when both Guillen and Sheffield return.

Ryan Raburn got his first start of the season at third and batted ninth on Thursday. Magglio Ordonez started as the designated hitter, Brandon Inge started behind the plate and Marcus Thames batted third and played right field.

Scott McNeish is an associate reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.