Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Alexander Guerrero was Back on Field, Yesterday

The Dodger newest Cuban signee has finally returned to the Gigantes del Cibao lineup in the Dominican Winter Leagues.  As you know, he came out of the lineup a few weeks back due to a leg injury.

Guerrero last played on Tuesday, November 12th in a game that featured his first professional home run.

In last nights game he recorded a single in 4 at-bats against Tigres del Licey. See his complete Winter League stats below.

Also,  a pre-game video interview from yesterday with Guerrero is available for viewing.  Watch it below.  Unfortunately, it's all in Spanish, so I haven't a clue what he says, but a coworker does speak the language.  Thankfully, (Thanks, Luis!) he was able to clue me in.  Below are some basic bullet points from the interview:
  • The doctor release him that day.  They wanted to make sure he was 100% and ready to go before playing again.  It's their desire for him to continue playing this Winter without any further stoppages.
  • He's confident everything will work out.
  • While injured he spent his time watching live pitching
  • The Dodgers want him to focus on hitting and facing pitchers - i.e. watching live pitching since he hasn't played the game for a while.
  • Said he feels comfortable with the work and with 2nd base.  It's a new position for him.  Although not explicit, it appears that he has only been playing 2nd base.
There were a bunch of your typical Baseball cliche's about "giving his all" and "he'll do anything for the team".  For a guy who's been trapped in communist Cuba, he sounds very professional and confident. I didn't figure on him having the kind of public relations skills he obviously displays.  Hopefully, his injury is a thing of the past, and he comes into Spring Training ready to take over 2nd base.

Video Link:

UPDATE:  From Twitter user Ivan Sanz we find out that Guerrero hit a double in his first at-bat this afternoon, and someone from the Dodgers is watching the game.

UPDATE II:  Guerrero finished up tonights game going 1 for 3 with a walk and a RBI double.  Via Ivan Sanz on twitter

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