White Sox add right-handed reliever Javy Guerra
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter March 26, 2014 10:21PM
Los Angeles Dodgers' Javy Guerra throws during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday, March 14, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) ORG XMIT: AZMG1
Updated: April 28, 2014 10:41AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The acquisition of right-handed reliever Javy Guerra on waivers from the Dodgers Wednesday “threw a wrench” into bullpen plans, manager Robin Ventura said.
Guerra, 28, has a solid track record that includes closing experience in the majors and he had ERAs of 2.31 in 2011 (47 games) and 2.60 in 2012 (45). He was limited to nine major-league appearances in 2013 because of shoulder and groin injuries. At Class AAA Albuquerque, he went 0-4 with 12 saves and a 3.66 ERA.
This spring, he allowed two earned runs on nine hits and four walks over eight innings.
Guerra has no minor-league options left, so pending a trade, he should make the team and possibly bump right-hander Daniel Webb off the roster.
“Nothing is set at this point in terms of our Opening Day roster,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said. “We don’t have to set that until Sunday.’’
Here’s one way the bullpen could shake out: Right-handers Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Ronald Belisario, Guerra and Maikel Cleto; left-handers Donnie Veal and Scott Downs. Cleto, Veal and Guerra are out of options, so they would have to go on waivers if they don’t make the team.
Ventura said the Sox won’t name a closer yet and that he might mix and match in the ninth inning. It’s possible no one secures the job until after the season begins.
“We don’t have one guy you know is the guy,’’ Ventura said, “so for them when you get called on to get three outs, get three outs.’’
Jones, Lindstrom and Cleto look like the best bets.
“From where we were at in spring training, limited appearances for a lot of these guys, we don’t really have the guy that you just roll out there and he’s the guy,’’ Ventura said.
“We have numerous late-inning options,’’ Hahn said.
Beckham to start on DL
Gordon Beckham is shooting for an April 5 return from his strained left oblique. He’ll start the season on the disabled list.
“I’ve had tweaks in the past and gotten over them pretty quick,’’ said Beckham, who hasn’t played since March 14 and can go on the DL retroactively. “This one was definitely worse, I just didn’t know how much worse. It’s frustrating, but I’d rather miss five games early than miss six weeks. I feel like if I rush this, that’s a possibility.’’
Marcus Semien will start at second base, and utility man Leury Garcia will make the roster with Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) on the DL.