Fresh off sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Opening Series in Sydney, Australia the Los Angeles Dodgers returned to Dodger Stadium this morning for a work out. While they’ve already played two regular season games, they’ll play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a three-game exhibition series starting Thursday.
Since it’s still the exhibition series, the Dodgers are carrying extra players to give their regulars some rest, but they also made a roster decision this morning. With Dee Gordon and Justin Turner handling second base, the Dodgers officially optioned Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero to the minor leagues:
Alex Guerrero officially optioned to Triple A. Carl Crawford reinstated from paternity leave
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 25, 2014
Signed in October, the Dodgers thought Guerrero could come in and play second base from Day 1, but an injury in winter ball halted his progress in learning a new position. In 30 at-bats this spring, Guerrero hit .300 with a home run and nine RBI, but the primary concern was his ability to make all the plays at second base.
Meanwhile, Crawford was on paternity leave through the Australia series since his fiancee was due to give birth any moment. The 32-year-old outfielder stayed back in Arizona and tweaked his shoulder in a minor league game. Crawford figures to be the starting left fielder when he’s healthy and has looked better at the plate in recent days.
Starting the year at Triple A isn’t the worst thing for Guerrero as he didn’t play last year after defecting from Cuba and the Dodgers can piece together second base while he gets more reps. The 27-year-old second baseman will stay with the team during the Freeway Series this week before heading out to Albuquerque as the Dodgers 25-man regular season roster is starting to take shape.
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