Guerra was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin Tuesday. Guerra was knocked around by the Astros while serving as an opener Monday, allowing three runs in just one inning of work. He's now given up 14 runs in his last 14 innings. It's unclear whether the groin injury is related to his struggles. Noe Ramirez's contract was selected in a corresponding move.
Guerra lasted only one-plus inning against Houston on Monday, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. He did not factor in the decision. It's unclear how long Guerra could have pitched if not for the poor results -- he entered the contest having thrown against the Dodgers two days earlier, and he hasn't gone longer than 3.1 innings this season. He made pitch count a moot point, however, as the right-hander threw less than half of his pitches for strikes and was pulled after failing to retire a batter in the second frame. Guerra's 6.00 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 12.5 percent walk rate this season make him an unlikely candidate for high-leverage work.
Guerra is starting Monday's game against the Astros, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports. Guerra will make his first start since 2018 as the Angels plan to rely heavily on their bullpen Monday. The right-hander has posted a 4.95 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 20 innings across 12 relief appearances to begin the year. Guerra's longest appearance of 2021 has been 3.1 innings, and it's not clear whether he could be on a pitch count Monday.
Guerra's contract was selected by the Angels on Tuesday. Guerra joined the Angels as a non-roster invitee in January and has evidently done enough to win a roster spot. He's struck out four, walked two and allowed two hits in 2.1 scoreless innings so far this spring.
Guerra threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to have enough time to be ready for the start of the campaign, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Guerra arrived at camp late due to visa issues, but he joined the team Wednesday and has started his throwing program. That should give him plenty of time to ramp up before Opening Day, though he is on the roster bubble for a bullpen spot. Guerra pitched well enough with Arizona last season (3.04 ERA, 1.35 WHIP over 23.2 innings) to have a legitimate shot to break camp with the Angels, but he'll need to do better than the 14.6 percent walk rate he posted in 2020 to gain the trust of his new club.
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