Guillen doesn't care where he plays next year, he just wants to stay healthy
He just wants to play.
"I enjoy playing baseball -- it doesn't matter where," declared Guillen. "I'd be OK playing second, DH-ing, any position. I just want to stay healthy."
Guillen, who has been sidelined since Aug. 17 with what was initially diagnosed as a deep knee bruise, will not accompany the Tigers on this week's road trip to Texas and Chicago. Instead, he will fly to New York where on Friday he will undergo a diagnostic surgical procedure to hopefully determine exactly why the pain in his left knee won't go away.
"They won't know until they get in there and clean it out," Guillen explained.
Guillen and the Tigers want to find out what is wrong and get it fixed.
And there is no point in waiting.
"Better to do it now and not wait for two more months," Guillen said. "Do it now so I'll be ready for spring training."
Guillen, who will turn 35 at the end of the month, has one year remaining on his contract and is guaranteed $13 million next year.
He has been plagued by injuries the past two years. In 2009, he appeared in 81 games. This season he has only played in a career-low 68, batting .273 with six HRs and 34 RBI.