Matt Guerrier has been one of baseball’s most durable relievers for the past seven years, averaging 65 appearances and 74 innings per season, but now at age 33 he’s on the disabled list.
Guerrier was diagnosed with elbow tendinitis and the Dodgers shelved him while calling up left-hander Michael Antonini from Triple-A, where he had been starting games.
Don Mattingly revealed to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles that Guerrier has been pitching through elbow pain all season, and while his 2.70 ERA looks nice he had more walks (5) than strikeouts (4) in 6.2 innings.
He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection yesterday and will be eligible to return on May 4. As part of a three-year deal signed last offseason Guerrier is making $3.75 million this season and is owed another $3.75 million for 2013.