Guillen 'almost died' last year due to blood clots

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guillen swinging.JPGJose Guillen is off to an alarming start this year, with a .361/.410/.861 batting line and five home runs through 36 at-bats.  But life wasn’t always so sweet. 

The Royals outfielder told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he “almost died” last year due to blood clots in both of his legs:

“I had to stay in St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City for 20 days (in
the offseason) just lying in bed,” said Guillen.  “My legs were so big, so swollen
up. They were purple. I couldn’t even walk on them. I couldn’t feel my
legs. … I went to the hospital, and I was crying because I couldn’t
feel my leg. I was thinking, ‘What’s going on here?'”

Former Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas died from a similar blood clot issue 10 years ago after being paralyzed in a car crash and Guillen’s Kansas City-based doctors were worried for a bit that Jose might meet the same fate.  Luckily, he made it through the trying process and is making a big splash in 2010 — a contract year for the 33-year-old.