Listen, I’m as shocked as you are by the headline. The Dodgers designated Javy Guerra, a perfectly good — if flawed — reliever to make room on the roster for Chone Figgins, a 36-year-old utilityman who hasn’t OPSed above .535 since 2010. The report comes from MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
The Dodgers, though, are deep in bullpen arms and shallow in back-up position players, so the move makes sense in that context. Guerra posted a 6.75 ERA in 10 2/3 innings at the big league level last year, but was much better in 2011-12, when he posted a combined 2.45 ERA in 91 2/3 innings.
In related news via Dylan Hernandeze of the L.A. Times, infielder Justin Turner has also made the Dodgers’ roster. Onelki Garcia was placed on the 60-day disabled list to create room on the 40-man roster.
Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.
He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.
It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.
However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.