Guillen received his penalty on Dec. 6, 2007, just after he had signed a three-year, $36-million contact with
the Royals. Club management was aware that a suspension was possible at the time.
A week later, the Mitchell Report was released, with the recommendation that players named in the report not
With Friday's announcement that MLB and the Players Association have agreed to an enhanced drug policy that
enacts all of former Sen. George Mitchell's recommendations, Guillen's punishment was revoked.
"I'm just glad it's behind us and we can move forward," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "Now we can
just focus on baseball, which is all any of us ever wanted to do."
"I'm very pleased that that's solidified and over and closed," manager Trey Hillman said. "Hopefully, we can
just go out and any of us -- him, included I'm sure, to some degree -- and not worry about that anymore. It
really makes our lives easier."
As the lifting of the suspension was announced, Guillen was mired in a sluggish start. In the first nine
games, he was just 6-for-37 (.162) with two doubles and five RBIs. With runners in scoring position, he was
Hillman was asked if he thought Guillen was pressing to validate his big contract or as a result of the
"He's a human being and he cares, he really does. He's passionate about what he does. I think he's excited
about getting a three-year contract here. ... I don't see how it couldn't have affected him, a little bit at
least," Hillman said.
"I think he has [pressed] a little bit simply because I know he's more disciplined than he has been most of
the time with his at-bats so far. I know we'll see more discipline from him, which always makes a guy a better
Guillen shrugged off the idea.
"I don't know what 'pressing' is," he said. "Jose Guillen will be there. I'll be fine. I know the type of
player I am, I know what I can do to get myself ready. Trust me, I will be there."
Except for three games at Minnesota, the Royals have been playing in cold, wet weather so far.
"A lot of players start slow in a different kind of weather. Just be patient a little bit. I will come
around," Guillen said.
The 15-day penalty was supposed to go into effect on March 30, which would have kept Guillen out of 12 Royals
games. Just before Opening Day, however, the suspension was put on hold for 10 days while negotiations on the
Joint Drug Agreement continued.
That period ended Tuesday and, on Wednesday, his stay was extended another week.
Hillman said he and Guillen never discussed the pending penalty in detail.
"He's continued to work hard. Obviously he's not off to a great start, but I've got to believe it's going to
be a relief to him," Hillman said.
Guillen was linked to the alleged purchase of human growth hormone by the San Francisco Chronicle. The drug
was banned by Major League Baseball in January 2005.
As part of the new agreement, Major League players, including players named in the Mitchell Report, will join
MLB to help educate youth and their parents regarding the dangers of performance-enhancing substances.