"I just want to help," said Hillenbrand, who was acquired from the Blue Jays on Friday. "I don't have a problem with anybody, and I hope they don't have a problem with me. I'm no bigger than anybody else on this team."
The Blue Jays had designated Hillenbrand for assignment on Wednesday after his feud with manager John Gibbons erupted into a very messy and public confrontation. The Giants acquired him along with right-hander Vinnie Chulk for right-hander Jeremy Accardo.
Most of the details from the incident spilled out in the Toronto newspapers the club failing to congratulate Hillenbrand after the birth of his adopted child, a few scribblings on a clubhouse chalkboard, a near fistfight, a public back-and-forth with backup catcher Gregg Zaun and Hillenbrand did not want to revisit the details on his first day with his new club.
"Regardless of what happened before, there's no way at all it should be a distraction to this ballclub because this club has enough respect for me to give me an opportunity to play," Hillenbrand said. "It was a conflict of personalities between myself and the manager."
Those conflicts began over playing time. Giants manager Felipe Alou met with Hillenbrand and explained that he doesn't use a set lineup. His batting order Saturday, with Hillenbrand in the No.6 slot, was the manager's 88th different lineup in 98 games.
Hillenbrand, who has been traded three times, said he wouldn't cause any problems for Alou.
"I'm content with my role," he said. "Felipe already let me know what's going on. I respect him 100 percent with whatever he wants to do with me."
Alou said: "It's very simple. I don't think there will be a problem with playing time."
Hillenbrand reportedly wrote "play for yourselves" and "this ship is sinking" on a board after he was benched on Wednesday. He described it as innocent fun with teammates and said his unusual sense of humor can be misinterpreted.
"I think this atmosphere is a lot different from the one I was in," he said. "I think it's going to be a much better suit for myself."
Chulk said that Hillenbrand has "never crossed me wrong" and considered him a great teammate. Chulk added that many Blue Jays players supported Hillenbrand's side of the story.
SETTING UP? Until the Giants trade for veteran bullpen help, Alou plans to use Brian Wilson and perhaps even Brad Hennessey as the right-handed portion of his setup staff.
Chulk, 27, pitched in a setup role last year but rode the Triple-A shuttle three times this season and also was eager to escape Toronto. He is out of minor league options after this season.
ONE-HOPPERS: The Giants transferred right-hander Tim Worrell to the 60-day disabled list. Worrell cannot return earlier than Aug. 27. ... First baseman Chad Santos was optioned to Fresno. ... Chulk became the first player to be issued No.31 since Robb Nen retired. "I guess I've got to start doing some long toss and get it up to 99," Chulk said. ... Asked what the trade means for Lance Niekro, Alou said, "I don't know. He was 2-for-3 yesterday (at Fresno). Niekro has to do his thing. This guy is only signed through (this season)."