Guillen gearing up for season

Guillen gearing up for season

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jose Guillen brushed off his first home run for the Royals.

"It doesn't mean anything," Guillen said. "I'm just trying to get the timing ready and get ready to go for the season."

Guillen pounded a two-run homer in the third inning of Kansas City's 8-3 Cactus League victory over Seattle on Friday. The blow came off Erik Bedard, the left-hander who'll pitch the Mariners' opener.

In Guillen's other two at-bats, he flied out to right field. He's 3-for-14 (.214) over five spring games, after his playing time was purposely delayed until the Royals' 11th game and was then interrupted for a week by flu.

No matter, in Guillen's view.

"I'm not a big believer in Spring Training," Guillen said. "To me, Spring Training is way too long. I wish Spring Training would be a week and I'd be ready to go. But I understand [there are] so many players in camp, so many pitchers, and everybody has to get their work."

A reporter mentioned that his home-run victim, Bedard, has had some problems since being obtained from the Baltimore Orioles -- such as a 9.50 ERA.

"You guys know he's one of the best pitchers," Guillen said. "I don't worry about that. It's like I heard somebody worrying about Ichiro [Suzuki] when he went 0-for-21.

"Come on, guys, this is Spring Training. Those guys know how to figure it out when the time comes, when it counts. That's the way I look at it, the way I approach Spring Training."

Manager Trey Hillman observed that Guillen's timing seems good.

"How's the timing? It's coming around," Guillen said. "Hopefully, it'll take me a few more games and I'll be ready to go.

"I don't want you guys to worry about me. Jose Guillen will be fine. I know what I need to do to get ready for this season. I'm a hard-working man. I always work my butt off. What you see is what you get."

Guillen's scheduled to be the designated hitter on Saturday against the San Diego Padres.

"We only have a few days left and we've got to get ready," he said. "The season's just around the corner. ... I'll be ready."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.