Carlos Guillen to the DL, Watch J. Anderson

The slumping Carlos Guillen has apparently been having shoulder issues so he’s been put on the DL. Leyland says two weeks off should help him out. Is he really hurting? Or is this just a slump-busting attempt to revive the perrenial above average hitter?

Well, that’s not that important. What is important is that this move will probably free up some more playing time for Josh Anderson. Who’s that? As of Tuesday Anderson hit lead-off for the Tigers and Leyland dropped Granderson to 5th. Anderson is batting .333 on the season in 51 AB. He’s got speed in the form of 6 SB within that limited amount of playing time.

But if Leyland’s shuffling is going to put Anderson at the top of the order, then I think he suddenly becomes pretty relevant. The Tigers can hit and Anderson is getting on and around the bases. He might lose some AB’s once Guillen comes back, but if Guillen continues to slump and Anderson continues to hit and run, then the spot could be his.

By the way, in SportingNews he’s only owned in 22% of all leagues…

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