Major League Baseball’s opening day is only a couple of weeks away, but Ryan alumnus Javy Guerra was dealt some pretty bad news on Sunday.
Guerra was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Dodgers. If Guerra clears waivers after 10 days, the Dodgers can trade Guerra, release him or send him back to the minor leagues. The news was first reported by MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
Designated Javy Guerra for assignment and purchased Chone Figgins.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 16, 2014
Last season, Guerra appeared in nine games and allowed eight earned runs in 10 2/3 innings.
After a strong 2011 season, the 28-year old Ryan grad has battled injuries over the last two seasons.
Guerra spent much of 2013 with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, where he appeared in 27 games and converted on 12 of 13 save opportunities. Last year in the minors, Guerra had a 3.40 ERA in 42 1/3 innings of work.
For what it’s worth, ESPN senior baseball analyst Keith Law was a little critical of the Dodgers for the roster move, to say the least.
Javy Guerra hasn't had a plate appearance in the last two years and was still more valuable as a hitter than Chone Figgins.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) March 17, 2014