Angels manager Mike Scioscia, on Vladimir Guerrero cutting his trademark dreadlocks and going with a shaved head in effort to break out his slump:
They found the Dead Sea Scrolls in there. I know one thing, he’s a
lot more handsome today than he was yesterday. … He feels he can
drive pitches he’s missing. It’s definitely not a bat-speed issue.
Hopefully he can ride this storm out and swing the bat like he did in
the second half last year.
Guerrero has batted at least .300 with 25 or more homers in 11 straight
seasons, joining Lou Gehrig as the only players in baseball history to
accomplish that feat, but the streak will be coming to an end this
Because of a pectoral injury he’s missed half of the Angels’ games
and been limited primarily to designated hitter duties when he does
play, hitting just .273/.297/.341 with one homer in 138 plate
The Yankees placed Nestor Cortes on the 15-day injured list with a left rotator cuff strain that will sideline the left-hander for at least two starts.
The move is retroactive to Monday and Cortes will be shut down for at least 15 days.
After Tuesday’s game, Cortes said the shoulder has been bothering him between starts and more so after he pitched five innings May 30 in Seattle.
“I took two days off and when I got to LA and threw that first day, I didn’t feel right,” Cortes said Tuesday. “But it was first day coming back from pitching so I knew it was going to be nagging a little bit. So I waited a little bit.
“That second day in LA was when I said something because it felt like I had pitched yesterday. So I wasn’t recovering in time.”
Cortes is 5-2 with a 5.16 ERA in 11 starts and has particularly struggled later in outings. Opponents are hitting .447 when facing him for the third time in a game.
Last year, Cortes was an All-Star and went 12-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 28 starts.
Randy Vásquez was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre to take Cortes’ spot in the rotation and will make his second career start in Thursday’s doubleheader. Vásquez made his major league debut May 26 against San Diego when the Yankees needed a starter because Domingo Germán was serving a 10-game suspension for using sticky substances.