Matt Guerrier has been one of baseball’s most durable relievers for the past seven years, averaging 65 appearances and 74 innings per season, but now at age 33 he’s on the disabled list.
Guerrier was diagnosed with elbow tendinitis and the Dodgers shelved him while calling up left-hander Michael Antonini from Triple-A, where he had been starting games.
Don Mattingly revealed to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles that Guerrier has been pitching through elbow pain all season, and while his 2.70 ERA looks nice he had more walks (5) than strikeouts (4) in 6.2 innings.
He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection yesterday and will be eligible to return on May 4. As part of a three-year deal signed last offseason Guerrier is making $3.75 million this season and is owed another $3.75 million for 2013.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.