Dodgers Spring Training: Alex Guerrero, J.P. Howell Limited By Injury
UPDATE (March 10, 11:15 a.m. PT): Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said Alex Guerrero’s hand was no longer an issue and he’s slated to play at third base as a reserve in Tuesday’s game.
Relief pitcher J.P. Howell, limited by a tight groin, played catch during Monday’s workouts.
As has been the case throughout Spring Training thus far, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to deal with minor injury issues with Alex Guerrero, J.P. Howell and Darnell Sweeney the latest to fall victim.
Sweeney was removed in the ninth inning of Sunday’s win after his left shoulder collided with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Matt Clark. Sweeney said Monday his shoulder was fine and he traveled with the club to Scottsdale Stadium for the Dodgers game against the San Francisco Giants, but didn’t play — which manager Don Mattingly said would likely be the case.
Guerrero was slated to play third base as a reserve on Sunday, but he never entered the game. He was penciled in as a reserve left fielder for Monday’s game, however he didn’t make the trip. Mattingly said Monday morning Guerrero was dealing with a hand issue and while he told the manager he was fine, the medical staff opted to take caution.
Howell is battling some tightness in his left groin area, which is an issue he’s dealt with in previous years. He backed off workouts for the time being, but is expected to resume throwing on Tuesday. Inching closer to seeing game-action, Joel Peralta is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Tuesday.
As for Mike Adams, he’s one day behind Peralta and is expected to throw live BP on Wednesday. Assuming both relievers come out of their respective sessions without any setback, they should be in line for a game appearance by the end of the week.
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