The Los Angeles Dodgers organization went into camp this year with a huge question mark regarding who was going to be the starting second baseman. Many fans were eager to see how Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero was going to pan out after signing a four-year, $28 million contract with the Dodgers last October. Although with Dee Gordon, Justin Turner, Chone Figgins and Miguel Rojas also in consideration, Guerrero’s fielding inexperience at second meant that he was going to start the season in the minors.
Don Mattingly is going with a Dee Gordon-Justin Turner platoon for the time being. Guerrero was going to be able to play his final games with the team during the Freeway Series, but was ruled out due to a side injury. He was originally expected to be out for no more than a week.
Unfortunately, the pulled muscle seems to be a little more serious than initially anticipated. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, Dodgers president Ned Colletti said that Guerrero could be out for close to three weeks:
Colletti told us that Guerrero has an oblique injury from a swing in the cage which will set him back as well .may be out 3 weeks #SiriusXM
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) March 30, 2014
Unable to practice for another three weeks, this injury makes it harder for the organization to say when exactly Guerrero will be ready to play at the major league level. The upside to Guerrero is that his production at the plate has been a non-issue for the team, and hopefully this injury will not affect that. This spring, Guerrero was batting .300 with a team-high nine RBIs.
Gordon and Turner should have no problems holding down the fort at second, but the Cuban infielder’s Dodger debut has been highly anticipated by the organization and fans alike.
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