10/11/06 12:45 AM ET
Strained left calf sidelines Casey
Tigers first baseman out for Game 2, questionable for weekend
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Walking around the visiting clubhouse at McAfee Coliseum on Tuesday night with his left foot in a boot, Casey spoke with hope of returning for the weekend games in Detroit. That might be a little bit of wishful thinking, as Casey said that he experienced a pain similar to this a few years ago and missed a little over a week."Hopefully, that's not the case this time and it's a different injury," Casey said. "I know I felt something and it wasn't just a cramp, but we'll have to wait until [Wednesday] and see how it feels." Casey is the only true first baseman that the Tigers have on their roster. Upon Casey's removal from the game, Guillen moved from shortstop to first and Ramon Santiago took over at short. "We'll have to go with the combination of Santiago and [Neifi] Perez and [Omar] Infante [at shortstop] and Guillen at first base, and we'll have to get through it the best we can," Leyland said. Guillen saw action at first base during just eight games this season with the Tigers, but he said that he played the position during winter ball and the World Baseball Classic last spring. "Wherever they need me, I'll be there," Guillen said. "It's not going to be the first time I've played first base, so I feel pretty comfortable over there."
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The Tigers will try to carry on without their steady first baseman, but it's clear that Casey himself is somewhat disappointed with the timing of his injury."You never want to get hurt right now, in the ALCS, because this is what you play your whole life for -- to play in these games," Casey said. "So for that reason, it's a little frustrating." But while Casey is disappointed to be out for at least one game, he was certain that his team would carry on just fine in his absence. "Carlos will do well wherever he's at, whether it's at first or short, and Ramon or Omar or Neifi will fill in at short, too," Casey said. "I'm sure those guys will be all right."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.