CHICAGO -- White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre was on the bench for Saturday's game against the Nationals, but don't expect him to stay there.
After answering the same questions for weeks now regarding Pierre's status in the lineup and the potential callup of Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte, Guillen reiterated his stance on Saturday.
"I have a job and I'm very tough at it," Guillen said. "I play JP because I think he's the best guy to help us win. If he's 0-for-100, you think I don't know that? When you're in my spot, when you sit in my chair, you will be criticized 99 percent of the time."
Guillen refrained from finishing multiple sentences regarding the people criticizing Pierre, who is hitting just .248 and has been caught stealing nine times in 19 attempts. Pierre was hitting exactly .248 on this date last year, but hit .300 in July and .354 in August to finish the year hitting .275.
"As long as JP is here, he's playing. [If] people don't like it .. ," said Guillen before stopping himself mid-sentence. "I wish I could say what I think, but I'm not going to be in trouble. I'd be all over, CNN, Playboy Channel, everywhere. But I'm not going to say it. That's the first time I'm going to keep it to myself."
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