Vlad Guerrero will likely miss weekend series in York
Veteran outfielder Vladimir Guerrero will likely miss the Long Island Ducks’ three-game series in York this weekend. The Ducks play at York on Friday through Sunday.
Guerrero, who signed with Long Island on April 4, has yet to play in a game for the Ducks. He’s still down in his native Dominican Republic. When reached by phone Monday, Ducks’ media relations and broadcast manager Michael Polak didn’t give any indication Guerrero is likely to join the team anytime soon.
“Guerrero is still down in the Dominican Republic dealing with a family issue,” Polak said. “When that changes, we will let fans know. As of right now, there is no timetable as to when he’ll join us.”
Guerrero is still on Long Island’s inactive list since being placed there on April 13. The fact that Guerrero, 38, had yet to play this season is surprising to Revs’ third base coach Enohel Polanco, who chatted with Guerrero last month in hopes to get him to come play for York before he signed with Long Island.
“I know that the day I talked to him he said he was hitting BP (batting practice) but he had some family things he had to take care of before he came (to play),” Polanco said Tuesday night after York’s 3-2 loss to Camden. “That was the last conversation I had with him and then I found out he went to the Ducks. I’m surprised (he hasn’t played yet) because he’s a guy who likes to play the game.”
Guerrero, 38, last played in the big leagues in 2011 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Mostly a designated hitter, he batted .290 that season for the Orioles, with 13 homers and 63 RBIs in 145 games. Guerrero is a career .318 hitter in 2,147 games in the majors, with 449 homers, 1,496 RBIs, 1,328 runs scored and 2,590 hits.
Willis: There’s a good chance York won’t get to see former major leaguer Dontrelle Willis in action, either. The left-hander made his first start for Long Island on April 26, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits in 2.2 innings of work. He’ll likely make his next start on Thursday at Long Island against visiting Somerset. Of course, Thursday’s game could always get rained out to push back Willis’s next start to Friday, but there’s a zero percent chance of rain in Long Island on Thursday.
The two-time All-Star earned the NL Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the World Series champion Marlins in 2003 after compiling a 14-6 record with a 3.30 ERA, two complete game shutouts and 142 strikeouts in 27 starts. He last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2011 as a member of the Reds, making 13 starts and striking out 57 batters in 75 and two-thirds innings. A native of California, the 31-year-old spent the 2012 season with Norfolk (AAA, Orioles). Willis was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the eighth round of the 2000 amateur draft.
Next chance: There’s still a chance Revolution fans could get an opportunity to possibly see Guerrero or Willis in action later this season. After the series this weekend, Long Island is next slated to come back to York for a four-game series from May 31 to June 1 and a three-game series from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.