Guillen not in Giants’ starting lineup (AP)

Aug 14th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Jose Guillen(notes) has gone from being unwanted on the last-place
Kansas City Royals to the thick of the pennant race with the San Francisco
Giants
.

Guillen joined the Giants on Saturday, one day after being acquired with
cash from Kansas City for a player to be named.

“I like to win,” he said. “I’m a very passionate guy and I love to win. I
hate losing. This is a great opportunity. I’m very motivated. I’m the type of
player who likes this atmosphere, a playoff atmosphere and winning. I’m very
excited.”

San Francisco enters the day 3 1/2 games behind San Diego in the NL West and on
top of the wild-card standings.

The Giants are counting on Guillen to provide a boost the middle of the
lineup for the stretch drive. He was batting .255 with 16 homers and 62 RBIs
before being designated for assignment by the Royals on Aug. 5.

The Giants will wait a day to get Guillen into the starting lineup. He
didn’t arrive in San Francisco from Florida until about 11 p.m. Friday night and
manager Bruce Bochy wanted to give him a day to get acclimated to his new
environment.

Bochy said Guillen was available off the bench Saturday against San Diego
and would start Sunday’s series finale against the Padres.

“It’s pretty tough to travel that far and face a tough right-hander,”
Bochy said. “We’d like to give him a day to settle in to get to know the
ballpark and take some fly balls. I’ll have him available off the bench.”

Guillen has had his share of issues during his career and is now joining his
10th major league franchise since entering the big leagues in 1997 with
Pittsburgh.

He was suspended by the Angels for the last two weeks of the 2004 regular
season and postseason for inappropriate conduct after expressing his displeasure
with manager Mike Scioscia. After the year, Guillen was traded to Washington.

In July 2008, Guillen got into a heated clubhouse exchange with Royals
pitching coach Bob McClure, knocking over chairs before several players
separated them before a game at Tampa Bay. Guillen also unleashed a
profanity-filled tirade against his teammates that May.

Guillen said he doesn’t envision any problems fitting in with the Giants.

“I’m a veteran,” he said. “I just have to come and contribute and play
and produce. That’s the reason they brought me here. If I don’t produce, I won’t
play. When you’re in a pennant race, you try to put you best nine players you
have out on the field.”

The 34-year-old Guillen signed a $36 million, three-year contract three
years ago that made him the Royals’ highest-paid player per year in team
history. Kansas City is paying the bulk of Guillen’s salary for the rest of this
season.

Guillen struggled with injuries in Kansas City. He played in only 81 games
last year and hit nine homers, tied for his fewest since 2002. He was out for
weeks after injuring his knee while he was putting on a shin guard and missed
several days of spring training in 2009 after deciding to rip out an ingrown
toenail with a pair of pliers.

Guillen had struggled with a left quadriceps injury this season and ended
his career in Kansas City in an 0-for-21 slump

“Kansas City is in the past. I’m in San Francisco now. I’m just here to
win,” he said. “I was having an OK year but I was dealing with some injuries.
It’s tough to play when you’re hurt. I’m healthy now. It’s all good.”

The Giants optioned infielder Emmanuel Burriss(notes) to Triple-A Fresno to make
room for Guillen.

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