Mariners' Guillen hospitalized

Sunday, September 30, 2001

SEATTLE -- Carlos Guillen, diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis, was hospitalized Saturday and Mariners manager Lou Piniella wasn't sure if his starting shortstop would be back for the start of the playoffs on Oct. 9.

"I think it's probably less than 50-50," Piniella said. "We're not sure."

Ramon Vazquez, called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Sept. 7, started Saturday night against Oakland. Mark McLemore, Guillen's backup, has a sore knee and isn't expected back until Tuesday.

The Mariners were stunned when Guillen was diagnosed Friday. Although Guillen had been ill, he hadn't complained to Piniella or coaches. But he missed several games because of nose bleeds.

Guillen, 25, was placed under quarantine.

Mariners players will be tested for tuberculosis but none have showed symptoms, Mariners physician Dr. Mitch Storey said.

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