Guzman (knee) will start at first base and bat sixth Wednesday in the Rangers' Cactus League game against the Reds. As anticipated, Guzman returns to the lineup after a four-day layoff due a sore left knee. The Rangers' decision to use him in the field rather than designated hitter suggests there's little concern about his availability for the start of the regular season.
Guzman (knee) said he's hoping to rejoin the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Guzman has missed the past two games due to left knee soreness, but he's apparently feeling significantly better after getting treatment Monday. Barring any setbacks, he could be back in action before the end of the week, which would give him plenty of time to get ready before Opening Day.
Guzman (knee) is not in the lineup for Monday's spring game against the Dodgers. Guzman will miss a second straight game as he continues to battle left knee soreness. His absence has been deemed precautionary, and the hope is that the issue won't linger into the season. Preston Beck is starting at first base in his place Monday.
Guzman went 1-for-2 with two RBI in Friday's spring game against Cleveland. Guzman drove home a run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly and secured his second RBI of the day in the sixth on a single to right field. The 24-year-old has gone 10-for-31 with three homers, five RBI, two stolen bases and five runs scored in spring games.
Guzman went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in Thursday's game against the Angels. Guzman has busted out a loud stick early this spring, homering three times over the past two games. All four of his spring hits (4-for-8) have gone for extra bases. That's quite a show for someone who didn't hit like a corner infielder in 2018. The 6-foot-5 Guzman is working with hitting coach Luis Ortiz to incorporate all parts of his body in the swing, instead of merely swinging as hard as possible, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. The Rangers want to see him stick with this approach. "The consistency of how he can maintain that throughout the rest of the year is important,'' manager Chris Woodward said. "How he handles lefties, a lot of things are important. It's really inspiring to see this. If he's that kind of threat, most likely at the bottom end of the lineup, it's a pretty deep lineup.''
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