Vladimir Guerrero's tough-luck season continued Tuesday when he was forced to leave the Los Angeles Angels' 8-5 loss to Texas in the eighth inning when he suffered what was described as a strained muscle behind his left knee.
The Angels say he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and undergo tests, but watching him walk off the Angel Stadium field, it's hard to imagine the 34-year-old outfielder avoiding another stint on the disabled list.
At the very least, manager Mike Scioscia said, it is "doubtful" Guerrero will be able to play in the series finale with Texas on Tuesday night.
The injury is a blow to both the Angels and Guerrero, who missed 35 games earlier this season with a torn muscle in his chest. Guerrero, who has not driven the ball with his usual authority for most of this season, was just getting back up to speed. Over 37 games since returning from the DL, he was batting .318 with three homers and 18 RBI.
Mostly, he served as the Angels' designated hitter when he was activated because he wasn't up to making throws from the outfield. He only returned to outfield duty within the past week.
The injury occurred when he moved toward the gap to field Elvis Andrus' single in the eighth inning.
"It grabbed at him," said Scioscia, who described the injury as more toward the upper calf behind Guerrero's left knee.
"Vlad definitely was swinging the bat better," Scioscia said. "This obviously will be a setback if he's not able to get back into the lineup quickly."