Alex Guerrero went 1 for 2, with a double and a fly ball, and played two innings at second base in his first rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
The infielder is working back from a gruesome fight that cost him a portion of his left ear, bit off by then-teammate Miguel Olivo. Guerrero didn’t play for 51 days after the incident in a Triple-A game May 20.
Yasiel Puig is batting .308 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs in 92 games this season. (Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers have ordered a second x-ray on Yasiel Puig
‘s left hand, and the all-star right fielder will not play in the Dodgers’ game against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at Busch Stadium.
The right fielder was hit by a pitch in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. An x-ray after the game was negative, meaning it revealed no broken bones. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Puig won’t participate in any baseball activities until the second x-ray — scheduled for Monday in Pittsburgh — comes back clean.
“I think they just want to be cautious,” Mattingly said. “We think he’ll be OK.”
Puig batted once (he popped out) and played five innings in the field after being hit by a changeup from Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly in the third inning Saturday. The hand was visibly swollen after the game.
“He’s still sore and I think a little bit swollen,” Mattingly said. “Obviously we’re going to be cautious at this point.”
Coincidentally, Kelly hit Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez with a pitch in last year’s National League Championship Series, breaking a rib.
The Dodgers begin a three-game series against the Pirates on Monday.
Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero, whose progress to the majors was stunted when then-teammate Miguel Olivo bit off a portion of his ear during a Triple-A game in May, will continue his rehabilitation playing for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Guerrero had been playing games for the Dodgers’ Rookie-level affiliate in Arizona since July 11. He is due to play second base and bat third today for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, who are playing in Bakersfield until Tuesday.
The Quakes’ next home game is Thursday. Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias is scheduled to start that game.
Why isn’t Jose Dominguez in the major leagues?
Why are Zach Lee‘s numbers so poor?
Why is Matt Magill pitching in relief at Triple-A?
These questions, and a few others, were addressed by Dodgers vice president of player development De Jon Watson in an interview with Examiner.com.
ST. LOUIS>>Josh Beckett seems unlikely to miss another start after the right-hander threw a bullpen session Saturday morning at Busch Stadium without pain in his left hip.
“I felt like my mechanics were a lot sharper than I was expecting them to be, and the actual feel of the bullpen, also the way my body felt, was better than I thought,” Beckett said.
Drew Butera, who caught Beckett in the bullpen, said “that was as clean as I’ve seen him in a while.”
It’ll make sense after you read today’s Dodgers notebook.
Matt Kemp has played three innings in center field since May 22. (Associated Press photo)
ST. LOUIS>>Matt Kemp insists he’s a center fielder. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has used Kemp in left field, not center, for all but three innings since May 22.
Kemp insists he’s an everyday player. With the Dodgers, he’s part of a five-man outfield rotation.
This apparent conflict of opinions hasn’t prompted Kemp to ask the Dodgers for a trade — a popular opinion with the trade deadline approaching and a headline like this one appearing on FoxSports.com.
But Kemp was happy to clarify the comments made by his agent, Dave Stewart, that Kemp would prefer to be playing center field rather than receiving inconsistent playing time in left or right.
“I want to be in a situation where I play every day,” he said Friday. “If it’s with the Dodgers, if it’s with someone else, that’s not my decision.
“I don’t have a no-trade clause. I don’t have any of that. I’m a Dodger. I’m going to play and help them any way I can. I’m blessed that I can wear a jersey and play the game I love to play.”
Justin Turner missed the last 14 games with a left hamstring strain. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
ST. LOUIS>>The Dodgers reinstated infielder Justin Turner
from the 15-day disabled list (left hamstring strain) and optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel
to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Turner strained his left hamstring on June 29 and missed 14 games. He’s batting .302 with three home runs, 10 doubles and 21 RBIs in 59 games in his first season as a Dodger, and has a .385 (15 for 39) average with runners in scoring position.
Turner appeared in two rehab games at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday and Monday and went a combined 1-for-5 with a run and two walks for the Quakes.
Triunfel has appeared in 11 games in four stints with the Dodgers, collecting two hits in 14 at-bats (.143). Turner isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals, but gives Don Mattingly a quality right-handed pinch hitting option off the bench in addition to the left-handed swinging Carl Crawford.