Guerrieri (elbow) underwent an MRI on Tuesday that revealed no structural damage in his elbow, though he will likely be out for a couple of months, Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Guerrieri has been on the disabled list since injuring his right elbow during an outing on April 13. The fact that no structural damage was found means that the 24-year-old will simply treat his ailment with rest and rehab as opposed to going under the knife. He's expected to be sidelined for a couple of months. More updates on his condition should become available as his rehab progresses.
Guerrieri was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Once one of the Rays' top pitching prospects, Guerrieri has lost some helium since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013 while also experiencing some off-field transgressions. The severity of this latest setback with his elbow isn't yet known, but the Rays are likely to treat the 24-year-old with caution. Brent Honeywell, the organization's top pitching prospect, was promoted from Double-A Montgomery to fill Guerrieri's spot in the Durham rotation.
Guerrieri was diagnosed with a right elbow injury after his early exit from Thursday's outing, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports. Elbow injuries are always concerning for young pitchers, but the Rays have yet to announce the extent of Guerrieri's issue. He was visited by the training staff during Thursday's outing and was quickly removed from the game. The Rays' organization will likely take a very cautious approach with the young hurler's injury to ensure that Guerrieri doesn't aggravate it any further.
Guerrieri was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday. It was a good learning experience for Guerrieri to be in big league camp, learning from pitchers like Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, but he never had a shot of actually breaking camp on the 25-man roster. Guerrieri traded strikeouts for weak contact last season, and in doing so his dynasty league stock really took a hit. Unless the strikeout rate bounces back, it's hard to envision him re-establishing his potential as a mid-rotation starter.
Guerrieri (head) fired two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 7-6 extra-inning Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees, surrendering just one hit. He struck out two. Guerrieri made a successful return to game action after receiving multiple stitches in his right eyebrow stemming from a fainting spell and subsequent fall in his bathroom Saturday morning. The 24-year-old right-hander has been solid over his first three spring appearances, surrendering one earned run on two hits over four innings while also notching four strikeouts.
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