When the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero in the off-season, the team believed they were investing in someone who could emerge as their everyday second baseman. However, injuries limited him in Spring Training and Dee Gordon eventually won the job.
Guerrero was on the travel roster for the Opening Series in Australia and was then optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque when the Dodgers returned to the U.S. and had to set their 25-man roster. Guerrero is now back with the team as he was among the recent September callups.
Thus far, Guerrero has made two pinch-hit appearances and was retired in each at-bat. His promotion to the Majors came later than some projected as Guerrero was performing well with the Isotopes in the early stages of the season.
However, an altercation with Miguel Olivo sidelined the second baseman for six weeks. Despite his troubles and complications this season, Guerrero isn’t dwelling on his past and instead, is looking to make the most of his current opportunity, according to Kevin Baxter of LA Times:
My focus is on right here, right now. What happened, happened. It’s out of my hands. Things happen in life that sometimes shouldn’t happen. It’s all in the past.
After returning to the Isotopes, Guerrero finished the year hitting .329 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs. With Gordon cemented at second, the Dodgers moved Guerrero around in the Minors and he logged time at third, shortstop and left field.
Guerrero has yet to start a game for the Dodgers, which he will likely get the opportunity to at some point during the final month of the regular season. However, manager Don Mattingly has let it be known this isn’t a tryout period for the prospects, which may result in Guerrero primarily being used as a pinch-hitter.
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