Alex Guerrero was in the process of making an early argument for a promotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League roster when his season came to a halt in late May.
An altercation with former teammate Miguel Olivo left Guerrero in need of surgery to reattach a portion of his ear that was bit off by Olivo. The catcher wass released from the organization and Guerrero was set for a lengthy recovery.
After a period of time where he couldn’t partake in any activity that would result in him perspiring, Guerrero ramped up his recovery at the Dodgers’ Spring Training complex.
That was followed by seven games with the Dodgers’ Arizona Rookie League team and five more in Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
On Saturday, Guerrero re-joined Triple-A Albuquerque, the team announced on Twitter:
Transactions: Add INF Alex Guerrero (from @RCQuakes); transfer INF Delvis Morales to RC Quakes.
— Albuquerque Isotopes (@AbqTopes) July 26, 2014
Guerrero hit .376 in 33 games with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs for the Isotopes before the incident with Olivo. He hit a combined .357 with two home runs and eight RBIs during his 12-game rehab assignment across his two recent rehab assignments.
Part of Guerrero’s rehab also included work at shortstop, second and third base. Initially signed under the notion he’d help fill the void at second base for the Dodgers, Guerrero may be best suited at a different position.
The Dodgers have an All-Star second baseman in Dee Gordon, who’s only 26 years old. Where there are now questions are at shortstop and third base.
Hanley Ramirez is in the final year of his contract and given his inability to remain healthy, him re-signing is far from a forgone conclusion. Juan Uribe is signed through the 2015 season but at an older age, a decreased role next season isn’t out of the question.
Before Guerrero can see where he fits in with the Dodgers moving forward, he’ll need to reacquaint himself at the Triple-A level.
Miguel Olivo Bites Alex Guerrero’s Ear, Needs Surgery