Alex Guerrero was out of baseball for nearly two months following his altercation with Miguel Olivo that resulted in the infielder requiring surgery to reattach a portion of his ear that was bitten off.
Guerrero spent his recovery in hyperbaric chamber while he was unable to participate in any physical activity. After some time at the Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training complex, Guerrero joined the rookie Arizona League for seven games where he hit .348 with two home runs and six RBIs.
Triple-A Albuquerque manager Damon Berryhill recently stated Guerrero was continuing to play himself into shape and would potentially rejoin the Isotopes in the near future. The 27-year-old moved one step closer Sunday as he joins Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, according to the team’s broadcast and media assistant, Brandon Liebhaber:
— Brandon Liebhaber (@B_Liebhaber) July 20, 2014
Prior to being sidelined, Guerrero played just two games away from second base for the Isotopes. Since beginning his rehab, he’s played two games at shortstop and one at third base.
Guerrero was signed during the off-season as a candidate to earn the starting job at second base. However, with Dee Gordon taking hold of the position, the Dodgers may now be looking to turn Guerrero into more of a utility infielder.
Back in May the Dodgers were in need of an infielder due to a Juan Uribe stint on the disabled list and it’s believed Guerrero would have joined the team had he not been dealing with his recovery.
Guerrero has a .376 average with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 33 games with the Isotopes this season. He’s batting third and playing second base Sunday for the Quakes.
Dodgers News: Alex Guerrero Needs Surgery After Altercation With Miguel Olivo