July 14, 2012 |
Reliever Josh Wall was speaking to reporters at the far end of the Dodgers dugout when Clayton Kershaw suddenly jumped into his arms. “Hey, buddy, you made it!” Kershaw shouted. Wall received his first call to the major leagues Saturday, when he was summoned from triple-A Albuquerque to replace Javy Guerra on the active roster. Guerra was placed on the bereavement list, as he traveled to Mexico to be with his father, who was scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery. Wall, 25, didn't expect to take this long to reach the major leagues when he was taken by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2005 draft.
December 30, 2013 |
JAVY GUERRA , 28, reliever Final 2013 stats: 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.97 WHIP, 12 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings, Contract status: Under team control. The good: There wasn't much to go on, given his brief tour last season. He did strike out 10.1 batters per nine innings. After spending May with the Dodgers, he returned to triple-A Albuquerque, where he ended up leading the Isotopes in saves (12). The bad: Guerra appeared in nine games for the Dodgers, allowing runs in five of them.
September 4, 2012 |
So much for the return of Javy Guerra. The right-handed reliever's up-and-down season took another wrong turn Tuesday when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Guerra started the season as the Dodgers' closer before hitting a rough patch and losing the role to Kenley Jansen. He was sent down to triple-A Albuquerque in the middle of August and called back on Sept. 2 after rosters had been expanded. Guerra, however, appeared in only one game since returning, throwing one scoreless inning Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
September 1, 2012 |
The Dodgers have brought in their first wave of September call-ups, summoning reliever Javy Guerra, catcher Tim Federowicz and starting pitcher John Ely from triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. Federowicz and Guerra were already on the 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ely, the Dodgers placed minor league outfielder Alfredo Silverio on the 60-day disabled list. Silverio was involved in an off-season car accident and hasn't played this year Guerra started the season as the Dodgers' closer but lost his job to Kenley Jansen.
March 26, 2014 |
All that bullpen depth, and you would have thought the Dodgers would get something for their overflow. But it was nothing doing, and on Wednesday they lost both Javy Guerra and Seth Rosin to waiver claims. Guerra, their ex-closer who saved 21 games in 2011 , could never duplicate that late-season surge. He lost his role early the next season and spent most of 2013 in the minors. He flat-lined enough that it seems no team was willing to dangle anything for him in trade, so the Chicago White Sox claimed him. Dennis Gilbert, special assistant to White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, watches most every game at Dodger Stadium directly behind homeplate.
August 21, 2012 |
And now for something unexpected, which is not the same thing as saying it's unwelcome. The Dodgers surprisingly reinstated right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from the disabled list Tuesday and optioned former closer Javy Guerra to triple-A Albuquerque. So slightly a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, De La Rosa is back with the Dodgers, Guerra is likely down until rosters are expanded on Sept. 1 and rookie right-hander Shawn Tolleson is still here. It's a rapid return for De La Rosa, who had been impressive since returning to action.