Guerra is converting to the mound this season, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
Guerra was once an interesting enough shortstop prospect to co-headline a trade for Craig Kimbrel, but his bat has been very poor over the last three seasons in the Padres' organization. He hasn't recorded a wRC+ above 68 at any of his four stops in the minors since the trade. Very early returns from his position switch are promising, as he reportedly sat at 96-100 mph in his first bullpen session, but he'll have to demonstrate control and a viable second pitch before he's considered a true option on the mound.
Guerra was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
Guerra had been fighting for a bench spot, but his .136/.208/.182 line didn't help his chances. He made a 13-game big-league debut last season but still has more to prove at the Triple-A level after hitting just .223/.269/.398 for El Paso last season.
Guerra is out of the lineup versus the Giants on Wednesday.
Guerra will remain on the pine for a second straight game as Freddy Galvis gets the nod at shortstop. Since being promoted from the minors last week, Guerra has gone 1-for-7 with a walk and three strikeouts across three starts.
Guerra is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Giants.
Guerra will retreat to the bench after starting the past three games. While the 22-year-old went just 1-for-7 with a trio of strikeouts in those appearances, the Padres seem committed to giving him opportunities down the stretch. Freddy Galvis will slide to shortstop in this one, with Jose Pirela starting at the keystone.
Guerra went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in Monday's loss to the Giants.
Guerra was making his third consecutive start at shortstop. The 22-year-old is 1-for-9 with five strikeouts so far in the majors, but the rebuilding Padres seem intent to get a look at him over the final few weeks of the season. Guerra's at-bats will likely continue to come primarily at the expense of Cory Spangenberg and Jose Pirela, with Freddy Galvis shifted over to second base.
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