MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers still have no set timetable on left fielder Carlos Guillen to return from the disabled list, or even start a rehab assignment. Still, the fact that he accompanied the team on this week-long road trip should be taken as a positive sign.
It doesn't mean he'll be back in a Tigers uniform before they return home. He isn't even eligible to come off the DL until next Saturday. But it means that he can get enough productive work done with the Tigers athletic training staff that he was better off traveling than staying back in Detroit and working out with staff there.
Guillen worked out on the field and in the training room Monday afternoon with Tigers strength and conditioning coach Javair Gillett. He also began jogging, something he hasn't been able to do.
"The big thing is the same thing, every day, feeling better," Guillen said Monday night. "I think it's better because I worked out all day."
Guillen went on the 15-day DL a week and a half ago after stumbling and falling while rounding third base April 23 against the Angels. He was originally upbeat about his chances for a quick return, then realized it was going to be a process after his hamstring swelled up.
Rookie Brennan Boesch has hit well in Guillen's absence. His RBI double off the fence in straightaway center field Monday marked his ninth RBI in eight games this season, and his sixth extra-base hit out of nine total hits. However, the Tigers would like to have Guillen and his veteran switch-hitting bat back in the lineup behind cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera as soon as possible.