UPDATE (May 21, 10:00 p.m. PT): According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena failed to report for workouts, which led to the suspension:
Instead, he was expected to report to the extended spring training camp at Camelback Ranch in Arizona but apparently failed to report for workouts at times.
With one Cuban infielder reaching the U.S. in the past week in Hector Olivera, the Los Angeles Dodgers released news on another Cuban infielder that has been here for over a year.
Erisbel Arruebarrena was signed by the Dodgers before Spring Training in 2014 to a five-year, $25 million deal. He joined Alex Guerrero as two infielders from the country that were expected to impact the Dodgers. Instead, Guerrero spent most of the year in the minors and recovering from an injury due to a scuffle in the dugout, and Arruebarrena found himself up and down between the Majors and Minors.
In 2015, Guerrero has become a contributor to the big-league club, starting some games at third base and in left field, while Arruebarrena hasn’t been seen since Spring Training. J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News provided an update on the slick-fielding infielder:
#Dodgers say they have suspended Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of this season "for repeated failures to comply with his contract."
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 21, 2015
It’s not known exactly what Arruebarrena is being suspended for, but it’s not exactly what the Dodgers expected after giving him a deal last year. The 25-year-old had issues with attitude last season that included starting a brawl in the Minors while on a rehab assignment.
There appeared to be no spot for the Cuban infielder on the Dodgers this season, with the emergence of Guerrero and the acquisitions of Jimmy Rollins and Kiké Hernandez. He was originally sent to extended Spring Training in Arizona, but was not heard from since the season started.
If the Dodgers decide to stick with Arruebarrena, he could provide more depth in the middle infield in the future, but he’s not irreplaceable.
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