Royals’ Guillen says blood clots in legs almost killed him

Royals DH/outfielder Jose Guillen, who is off to a strong start this season, told the Kansas City Star that he nearly died last year from blood clots in his legs.

"I had to stay in St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City for 20 days (in the offseason) just lying in bed," Guillen said. "My legs were so big, so swollen up. They were purple. I couldn’t even walk on them. I couldn’t feel my legs."

Guillen said he was down to 180 pounds, had no strength and doubted he ever would play baseball again.

Royals DH/outfielder Jose Guillen, who is off to a strong start this season, told the Kansas City Star that he nearly died last year from blood clots in his legs.

"I had to stay in St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City for 20 days (in the offseason) just lying in bed," Guillen said. "My legs were so big, so swollen up. They were purple. I couldn’t even walk on them. I couldn’t feel my legs."

Guillen said he was down to 180 pounds, had no strength and doubted he ever would play baseball again.

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