The Dodgers signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero this off-season to take the starting second base position and it seems as if the team is making sure that he’ll be ready once the season comes.
Guerrero was signed to a four-year, $28 million deal back in October and was sent to play in the Dominican Winter League with the Gigantes del Cibao. The 26-year-old has missed the past six days due to an injury.
According to an audio interview with PelotaCriolla.com, Guerrero updated his status and when he will return:
I feel better. It’s been about four days since I had a small pull in my left thigh. I’ve gone through many hours of treatment with the trainers and they say I’m better, but the Dodgers’ management don’t want to rush me.
Guerrero went on to say that he’ll continue to play for the Gigantes but not until he’s 100%. He said that he’s been ready to play the past couple days but that he must abide to his agreement with the Dodgers. The Cuban infielder also cited the fact that the Dodgers will enter Spring Training earlier this season, due to starting the season in Australia, as a reason that the Dodgers want him fully recovered before he participates in any games.
The right-handed hitting Guerrero has played in four games for Gigantes, hitting .429 with a home run and three RBI in 14 at-bats. He left last Monday’s game early with the leg issue after hitting his first home run with the team.
The Dodgers are taking a very cautious approach with their new player, probably due to the fact that he hasn’t played professionally in over a year. Guerrero went to the Dominican Winter League to get some game experience and sharpen his skills and the Dodgers want him to be fully healthy once Spring Training begins.
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