After right-hander Deolis Guerra was forced to leave Team Venezuela earlier this week due to injury, Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com this morning that he suffered a blood clot in his right shoulder. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that he will miss approximately three months following surgery.
This is another tough blow for Guerra, who has largely been a disappointment since coming over from the Mets in the Johan Santana trade. The Twins originally hoped to develop him as a starter, but he was moved to the bullpen in 2011 and posted a 4.11 ERA and 71/22 K/BB ratio over 70 innings last season between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. While his name has been bandied about in prospect circles for a long time, he doesn’t turn 24 until April.
For what it’s worth, Mets right-hander Dillon Gee had season-ending surgery last July to address a blood clot in his shoulder. However, he hasn’t had any issues this spring and is expected to begin the season in the starting rotation.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.