October 17th, 2009

Leyland: Guillen must produce to play every day

After Carlos Guillen said Tuesday that he wants an everyday job again, manager Jim Leyland said answered publicly Saturday by saying that if Guillen wants to play every day, he needs to stay healthy and produce.

Leyland said he, too, liked the idea of the switch-hitting Guillen playing every day.

“That’s music to my ears,” Leyland told MLB.com. “But playing every day comes with production.”

Leyland traditionally would rather have his players discuss their issues with him privately rather than take them public. He has not talked with Guillen since season’s end.

Leyland stood by his comments from the final days of the season, when he said he made his late-inning outfield moves for defensive purposes. He also kept in mind concerns about his shoulder prior to the stretch run, notably in terms of throwing.

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