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Matt Guerrier was in the Dodger clubhouse but out of uniform Tuesday night after an MRI earlier in the day revealed no ligament damage in his right elbow. He was diagnosed with tendinitis and placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19.
“For a little bit I thought I was getting back into it, so I pitched through it hoping it would get better,” he said.
By the end of spring training, he added, the injury “was really minor at that point. I was hoping it would work its way out. It didn’t.”
Guerrier confirmed that he would have been available to pitch in an emergency situation Monday night against the Atlanta Braves. But with his recovery period from each outing taking longer than expected, Guerrier agreed it was best to rest.
“You start to put other guys in tough positions in the ‘pen when every day after I pitch I need a day off,” he said.
Juan Rivera, who left the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss Tuesday with a strained left hamstring, was not in the clubhouse immediately after the game. He pulled up lame running out an infield single in the sixth inning and was replaced by pinch-runner James Loney.
A team spokesperson initially said that Rivera is “day-to-day,” which makes a trip to the disabled list seem unlikely. Manager Don Mattingly said it’s too early to determine the severity of the injury.
“I’ll know a whole lot more tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “Right now it sounds like they’re saying hamstring attachment, that it’s really low right above the knee. So I think we’ll know a lot more tomorrow. How he comes in will give us an indication where we’re going to go with that.
“We don’t feel like he’s going to walk in tomorrow and be ready to play. I don’t know how to categorize it at this point. He could either come in bad, or come in tomorrow feeling pretty good and then we know it’s more of a couple day thing that we can get by without him.”