Alex Guerrero enjoyed quite a bit of firsts this past week when filling in for Juan Uribe at third base.
Guerrero notched his first career RBI, extra-base hit, home run, walk-off hit and pinch-hit home run all in the span of a few days. While Uribe is back in the starting lineup after missing a couple days with a hamstring issues, the Dodgers now know they can count on Guerrero if needed. The Cuban infielder was a bit of a mystery, despite a strong showing in Triple-A last season and this spring with the Dodgers.
When asked how he felt about getting all the firsts of his career in consecutive days, Guerrero gave his thoughts via Dodgers Nation reporter Vince Samperio (translated from Spanish):
I didn’t expect these exact results, but I did prepare well in the offseason. Everything went well for me in Spring Training and I thank God that everything is going well here in the big leagues.
After being signed in October of 2013 to be the team’s primary second baseman, Guerrero had several things go against him such as issues with his visa, the emergence of Dee Gordon and the adjustment to a new country. Once Guerrero got adjusted and was on the cusp of being promoted, he was involved in a dugout skirmish that left him missing part of his ear. After surgery, the 28-year-old made it to the big leagues during September, but didn’t receive much playing time.
Despite the tough path, Guerrero never lost his confidence in his abilities and continues that with the Dodgers:
I have a lot of confidence right now and as the days keep going and more opportunities come, the more confidence I will have.
The Dodgers hope that confidence and the results that come from it continue throughout the season.
Dodgers 2015 Spring Training – Chris Heisey