Guerrieri, who was considered the top pitching prospect in the Rays system by many, underwent Tommy John surgery in July and is not expected back until July of 2014. He will begin his suspension once he is fully recovered. He finished 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 14 starts for high Class A Bowling Green in 2013.
The 20-year-old Guerrieri was considered the top pitching prospect in the Rays system by many; both MLB.com and Baseball America ranked him as a top-100 prospect prior to the season. He posted a 2.01 ERA in 14 starts for high Class A Bowling Green. The surgery is expected to cost him a full calendar year.
Guerrieri, who had already skipped his previous start due to shoulder fatigue, was only scheduled to go four innings or 60 pitches Monday before leaving.
"He threw the pitch, and you could see him grimace right after," said Bowling Green manager Jared Sandberg, whose team went on to win the contest, 6-5. "We all went out there, and there was no real debate as to whether to keep him out there. We took him out, and we'll get him re-evaluated when we get home."
Before the injury, Guerrieri extended a scoreless innings streak to 24, tying him for the franchise record. The right-handed starter has gone 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over 65 innings and 13 starts this season with 50 strikeouts and 11 walks.
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