Charges against Vladimir Guerrero were apparently dropped after a police officer in the Dominican Republic accused the former MVP of assault earlier this month and now the Diamondbacks are giving him a tryout.
General manager Kevin Towers broke that news while appearing on the team’s television broadcast yesterday, although he indicated pretty strongly that there’s no expectation of Guerrero signing with Arizona.
It sounds similar to last month, when Guerrero worked out for the Indians and didn’t sign, with general manager Chris Antonetti revealing afterward that they did it mostly as a favor to Guerrero at his request.
Cleveland then went on to sign Johnny Damon, which doesn’t bode well for Guerrero impressing the Diamondbacks. And his inability to play the outfield on a regular basis at age 37 also figures to make it tough to crack a National League roster.
Guerrero hit .290 for the Orioles last season, but managed only 13 homers and 17 walks in 145 games for a measly .317 on-base percentage and .416 slugging percentage.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.