Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Deolis Guerra was hospitalized a few days ago with a shoulder injury that has progressively gotten more serious.
The 23-year-old reliever was a candidate for Minnesota’s bullpen coming into Spring Training, but baseball is the last thing on his mind at the moment. Guerra’s shoulder injury turned out to be a blood clot that he must go under the knife to fix. He is expected to be out of order for at least the next three months, which means his aspirations of making the Twins 25-man roster is no longer a possibility for the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Guerra was placed in intensive care at HealthPark Medical Center for precautionary reasons so that the doctors can keep a close watch over him. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said that he does not know when the procedure will be done, but that he is grateful for the doctors who are taking care of his pitcher.
“He’s doing fine,” Gardenhire said Monday, according to TwinCities.com. “He’s guarded because of that situation. They’re still waiting to figure out exactly when they’ll be able to do the procedure on him. They’re waiting to get it all straightened out.”
The right-hander has never appeared in the big leagues, but has spent the last six seasons in the minors. Last year, he compiled a 4-3 record with a 4.11 earned run average and 71 strikeouts in 36 appearances in Double-A and Triple-A.
Guerra was excited to compete for his home country of Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, but had to pull out due to the pectoral muscle strain. Obviously, it is good that he did pull out of the international tournament and return to the Twins spring facility so that the team doctors could run tests on him. Who knows what could have happened if he had delayed getting his throwing shoulder checked out?
Guerra was a long shot to make the Opening Day roster before camp started and his chances did not improve in his three appearances for the Twins this spring. In 3 1/3 innings, he posted a 10.80 ERA after allowing four earned runs on four hits.
Hopefully, he will be able to make a speedy recovery so that he can take the mound for the Twins organization in the minors and work his way to becoming a September call up.