Veteran reliever Javy Guerra, who was part of the White Sox’s bullpen for most of last season and a brief stint this April before being sent down to Triple-A, has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a “drug of abuse.”
Guerra has spent parts of five seasons in the majors for the Dodgers and the White Sox, posting a 2.87 ERA in 150 innings. He was the Dodgers’ closer for a stretch in 2011, but the White Sox claimed him off waivers last spring.
ESPN.com reports that the 29-year-old Guerra is the 67th minor leaguer suspended for drugs this season.
A’s left-hander Scott Kazmir was forced out of Wednesday’s start against the Yankees after three innings with a strained triceps muscle.
After the game Kazmir told Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com that he thinks it’s a minor injury and thanks to the All-Star break he’ll have extra time to rest before his next scheduled turn in the rotation, but it does complicate things a bit in terms of the A’s potentially getting good value for the impending free agent via trade before the July 31 deadline.
Kazmir has been excellent this season with a 2.49 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 101 innings and could be a very attractive trade target for quite a few contending teams if the A’s remain below .500. He has a 3.18 ERA in 49 starts for the A’s since signing a two-year, $22 million deal as a free agent last offseason.
Nationals center fielder Denard Span has been playing through a back injury for the past month, but he’s no longer able to tough it out and will miss the remainder of the first half at minimum.
For some reason the Nationals have yet to place Span on the disabled list even though he’s already missed five games in the past two weeks and won’t play any the team’s final four games before the All-Star break. Nationals manager Matt Williams called the situation “perplexing” and gave an odd answer when asked why Span isn’t on the DL yet, saying the team wants to figure out what’s wrong before officially shutting him down.
Span’s performance hasn’t suffered any due to the back problems and in fact he’s been excellent when strong enough to be in the lineup for the past month, but he’s had to miss more and more time of late and will now be examined by a specialist. He expressed concern that the injury could be a long-term issue that goes beyond trying to play through discomfort.