Guillen tabbed the recently-promoted Lance Broadway to start Thursday's finale against Kansas City. It will be his first start at the Major League level this season, and second start of his career. He faced the Royals back on Sept. 27, 2007, pitching six shutout innings and picking up the win.
Guillen had been mulling the decision ever since Jose Contreras landed on the 15-day disabled list with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Originally, Guillen was going to go with long reliever D.J. Carrasco to make the start, but after much deliberation, decided on Broadway.
Broadway didn't know he was going to be Guillen's man.
"Actually, I had no idea," Broadway said. "I knew what the rumors were, but yeah, 50-50, I guess."
"We thought about it and went back and forth," Guillen added. "We're gonna give this kid a shot to see if he can help us. I'll give him a shot [Thursday], hopefully he takes advantage and helps us win the game. Then, we'll see what happens."
Carrasco, Guillen said, helps the team more out of the bullpen.
"That's the reason we don't start him," Guillen said. "Because if Carrasco starts [Thursday] then we lose him for four or five days, and especially with [Scott] Linebrink not here, I think it's important [to have Carrasco for] the seventh and eighth, before we get to Bobby [Jenks]."
Broadway has made one appearance since joining the team, that coming on Monday when he threw one-third of an inning against Boston.
Guillen had one request for the rookie pitcher.
"Please don't make me bring in a long man," said Guillen, making light of the situation. "I gotta let him know this is not a game to see him pitch. This is a game to win. We gotta get the best out of him."
It's not the most ideal situation for Broadway, being thrown into a pennant race with a team that has been in and out of first place for the last five days, but he seemed up to the challenge.
"Nothing changes," Broadway said. "Whether it's a pennant race or it's not, I'm still trying to get every hitter out that I face. [The pennant race] is kind of for the fans and for us to think about after the game is over. The more outside things that you let into the game, the more things there are to distract you. And I'm not smart enough to focus on more than one thing at once."
David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.