"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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.