After losing a portion of his ear in a scuffle with Miguel Olivo, Alex Guerrero figured to face a steep recovery following plastic surgery to repair the ear.
There initially was some concern the surgery wouldn’t be a success, but that has since been ruled out. Guerrero was unable to participate in any physical activity as he couldn’t perspire.
Part of the grueling recovery also included the Cuban infielder spending hours on a daily basis inside a hyperbaric chamber in an effort to aid the healing process.
After some progress, Guerrero reported to Camelback Ranch where he’s begun to work his way towards a reutrn, according to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
Infielder Alex Guerrero has resumed baseball activities at the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, Ariz., including light running. His agent, Scott Boras, said that Guerrero still isn’t able to wear a helmet.
Slowed by injuries and transitioning to a new position, Guerrero wasn’t able to take hold of second base as many predicted. He began the season in Triple-A and was playing well before the altercation.
Guerrero’s production likely would have garnered a promotion to the Majors that instead went to Erisbel Arruebarrena. While the latest update is certainly a step in the right direction for Guerrero, the Dodgers have yet to announce a timetable for his return.
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