Charges against Vladimir Guerrero were apparently dropped after a police officer in the Dominican Republic accused the former MVP of assault earlier this month and now the Diamondbacks are giving him a tryout.
General manager Kevin Towers broke that news while appearing on the team’s television broadcast yesterday, although he indicated pretty strongly that there’s no expectation of Guerrero signing with Arizona.
It sounds similar to last month, when Guerrero worked out for the Indians and didn’t sign, with general manager Chris Antonetti revealing afterward that they did it mostly as a favor to Guerrero at his request.
Cleveland then went on to sign Johnny Damon, which doesn’t bode well for Guerrero impressing the Diamondbacks. And his inability to play the outfield on a regular basis at age 37 also figures to make it tough to crack a National League roster.
Guerrero hit .290 for the Orioles last season, but managed only 13 homers and 17 walks in 145 games for a measly .317 on-base percentage and .416 slugging percentage.
Time is running out for Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner to make a comeback this fall, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that he may not make it back to the mound before the regular season comes to a close next weekend. Cashner is still dealing with a lingering bout of bursitis in his left knee and was forced to miss his scheduled start against the Blue Jays on Monday. As no timetable has been given for his return to the rotation, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll be kept on the shelf until spring.
It’s been an up-and-down year for the 32-year-old righty, who has also missed some playing time after sustaining a neck strain and low back pain. After inking a two-year, $16 million deal with the Orioles back in February, he pitched to a 4-15 record in 28 starts with a career-worst 5.29 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, and 5.8 SO/9 through 153 innings. By the time he was sidelined with swelling and chronic pain in his knee, he’d already taken five straight losses, the last of which was an eight-run, one-strikeout affair against the Athletics that lasted only two innings.
The silver lining: It doesn’t look like Cashner’s knee problems will require any intensive treatment — he’s already received a cortisone injection to treat the problem areas — though there’s no reason for the Orioles to push him to make a quick recovery with the way their season is going. Following their 10-8 loss to the Yankees on Friday, the team will enter Saturday’s game with a 44-109 record, the worst in the majors.