Dodgers designate Alex Guerrero for assignment.

Alex Guerrero grand slam

Alex Guerrero was designated for assignment after not appearing in a game this season for the Dodgers. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — The Dodgers designated utility player Alex Guerrero for assignment Tuesday after two and a half mostly disappointing years in the organization.

The Dodgers have 10 days to release or trade Guerrero, or place him on outright waivers. He can’t be sent to the minors without his permission under the terms of his contract. The Dodgers still owe Guerrero $7.5 million this year and next, but he is not on their 40-man roster as of today.

Guerrero, 29, hasn’t played this season because of a knee injury he suffered in spring training. He saw his rehabilitation stint end Sunday after the maximum 20 days in the minor leagues. He went 9-for-66 at the plate with two walks — 1-for-8 with six strikeouts in two Triple-A games last week.

Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Dodgers prior to the 2014 season after defecting from Cuba.

As reported today, the Dodgers had a few options for what to do with Guerrero, none of which were particularly palatable from a team perspective because he would not relent to being optioned to the minors. Guerrero’s lack of a defensive position (the Dodgers used him at third base and left field this year) made him a difficult fit on a National League roster.

The Cuban slugger spent most of his first year in the United States at Triple-A, a season interrupted when a teammate at Triple-A bit off a portion of his ear. He debuted in September 2014 and went 1 for 13.

Last year, his first full season in the majors, Guerrero slashed .233/.261/.434 in mostly a reserve role with the Dodgers. At times he flashed the prodigious power that earned him a big contract when he defected from Cuba, but only two of his 11 home runs were hit after June 1.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.