Royals outfielder José Guillen will miss the rest of the season rather than risk further injury to his right knee.
“This is the best thing to do,” Guillen said. “Nothing is wrong with the knee, but the smart thing is to rest it. I want to make sure I’m 100 percent for next year.”
The decision followed a meeting Friday between Guillen and Hillman.
“We’re just going to shut him down for the rest of the year,” Hillman confirmed. “We’ll give him an opportunity to get his body as healthy and as strong as possible going into spring training.”
Guillen, 33, missed 37 games because of a sprained right knee suffered July 22 against the Angels. He returned last Tuesday as a pinch hitter but lasted just two at-bats Wednesday as the designated hitter before exiting because of soreness in his right hamstring.
Guillen finishes the season at .242 with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 81 games. His three-year, $36 million contract runs through next season.
Also, second baseman Alberto Callaspo is nursing a sore right ankle suffered Friday on a foul ball. He didn’t start Saturday but was available for use as a pinch hitter.