There are conflicting reports this morning from the Dominican Republic regarding the legendary Pedro Guerrero, all of them bad.
As compiled by J.P. Hoornstra of the O.C. Register, one reporter is saying that Guerrero has died. Another tweets that Guerrero is brain dead. ESPN’s Enrique Rojas reports that Guerrero suffered a stroke. Another says Guerrero suffered a heart attack. Guerrero suffered a stroke two years ago but had since recovered.
Guerrero played 15 season in the big leagues, ten full seasons and one partial season with the Dodgers, four full and one partial season with the Cardinals. An astoundingly good hitter in a low-offensive era, Guerrero posted a career line of .300/.370/.480, which is an OPS+ of 137. For reference, that’s Josh Donaldson‘s current career OPS+ and Will Clark’s career OPS+.
In 1985 Guerrero led the league in on-base and slugging percentage. He was a five-time All-Star. He won a silver slugger award in 1982. He was the MVP of the 1981 World Series, driving in seven runs and knocking four extra-base hits including two homers in the six-game series.
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All of that is pretty amazing but, despite those gaudy stats, Guerrero was one of the more underrated stars of his era, primarily because he was a defensive liability, even as he played both infield corners, all three outfield positions and even 12 games at second base. As Hoornstra notes, Guerrero abused alcohol and drugs during his playing career, making one wonder what he could’ve done had he taken a healthier approach to things.
Though his situation now sounds dire, here’s hoping for the best for one of baseball’s truly unique talents.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.