Alex Guerrero made his return to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday and immediately found himself in controversy as a brawl erupted between the Isotopes and Reno Aces.
Guerrero wasn’t directly involved but it was nonetheless a rough welcome back for the infielder. The 27-year-old played second base in his first game with the Isotopes after being moved around the infield during his rehab assignment.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News Group, general manager Ned Colletti stated the team envisions Guerrero at multiple positions:
We see him as a player who’s going to be versatile defensively — second, third, shortstop, maybe some outfield eventually.”
Following Colletti’s remarks, Guerrero started in left field for the first time in his career on Sunday. Prior to being injured in the altercation with former teammate Miguel Olivo, Guerrero primarily played second base with a handful of spot starts at shortstop.
When the Dodgers signed Guerrero during the off-season, they faced the challenge of transitioning him from his natural position of shortstop. With Dee Gordon’s rise this season to an All-Star second baseman, the likeliness of Guerrero taking hold of that position has significantly decreased.
While Guerrero may have missed the opportunity to be the Dodgers starting second baseman, his injury that sidelined him for nearly two months may have also cost him a promotion to the Majors:
“There’s a good chance had he not had the incident, he probably would’ve been here by now,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.
Guerrero hit .368 and had 1.113 OPS in five games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He’s also hitting .368 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs for the Isotopes in 35 games this season.
It’s conceivable Guerrero could make his way to the Dodgers when the rosters expand to 40 this season, but a permanent spot on the 25-man roster this year may not be in the cards.
Along with the Guerrero, the Dodgers have Erisbel Arruebarrena, Miguel Rojas and newly acquired Darwin Barney as versatile infielders on the roster, among others.
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