With Dee Gordon off to a hot start in the big leagues, the Los Angeles Dodgers can afford to take their time with Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero.
Guerrero was signed in October to a four-year. $28 million deal and was expected to be the team’s starting second baseman this season; however, injuries and a lack of reps at the position allowed Gordon and Justin Turner to start the year in a platoon at second, leaving Guerrero to start the year in Triple-A. During the exhibition series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the 27-year-old injured his oblique in the batting cage and started the year on the disabled list.
According to the Albuquerque Isotopes official Twitter account, Guerrero is now ready to go:
Transactions: INF Alex Guerrero added to roster. INF Brendan Harris was released.
— Albuquerque Isotopes (@AbqTopes) April 12, 2014
Harris signed a minor-league deal in the off-season, but never had much of a chance to crack the roster with all the infielders the Dodgers signed. Guerrero is not in the starting lineup tonight for the Topes, but figures to take over at second base and join Miguel Rojas up the middle. This spring, Guerrero hit .300 with a home run and nine RBI in 17 Cactus League games. He was on the travel roster for Australia and even received an at-bat, striking out in the second game of the Opening Series.
Once Guerrero gets some consistent reps at second base, the Dodgers could decide to bring him up to the big leagues. If Gordon sustains his success then the team could have a dilemma; however, the prevailing idea is that Guerrero will take the spot once he is ready. It is unsure of how many games the Dodgers want Guerrero to play, but it can be said that it would take at the very least a month in Triple-A before considering moving him up.
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