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Vladimir Guerrero has small “crack” in right hand, couldn’t get through batting practice

Jul 15, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

Vladimir Guerrero AP

Vladimir Guerrero hasn’t played since being plunked on the right hand as part of the Orioles-Red Sox brouhaha Sunday and Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that X-rays revealed a small “crack” in the hand.

Guerrero was hoping to play through the injury and perhaps even rejoin the Orioles’ lineup tonight, but “couldn’t get through batting practice” this afternoon.

Zrebiec speculates that he’ll be given 24-48 hours to show significant improvement before a stint on the disabled list, but at this stage of Guerrero’s career it doesn’t make much sense to have him playing at anything less than 100 percent.

He’s hit just .279 with a .700 OPS for by far the worst production of his career and a few weeks off may do the 36-year-old some good either way, particularly since any thoughts of the Orioles getting value for him at the trade deadline are probably out the window now anyway.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Sorry to read about this. The man has had a very good career. I do not think that he will make the HOF, but will receive decent consideration.

  2. randomdigits - Jul 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    The time off from interleague play didn’t make a difference. Pretty sure Vlad is done either way.

    At least he found a sucker to give him an 8 million dollar goodbye gift.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Jul 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    The word “brouhaha” does not get enough usage. Thank you for changing that today Aaron.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      haven’t heard the old baseball expression rhubarb in a long time.

  4. dapperdan50 - Jul 15, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    “as part of the Orioles-Red Sox brouhaha Sunday”….

    I really think that is an unfair statement, Aaron. Vlad was hit by Kyle Weiland, a young, struggling pitcher making his major league debut. I think it is widely thought that that incident was completely unintentional, especially given Weiland’s control problems that day. Point fingers at Gregg, Ortiz, Lackey, etc.—but not at the kid. If you feel it was intentional, Aaron, you should directly make the case as to why you think so. The fact that the ump ejected him is no proof of guilt.

  5. SusanEAC - Jul 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    A first ballot Hall of Famer for sure; hope he heals fast and gets back fast, after all he’s still a good hitter and one of the few bats Baltimore has that is actually major league capable. Of course, those people who don’t understand baseball or metrics don’t know that.

    • randomdigits - Jul 15, 2011 at 7:41 PM

      Really?

      Vlad has a 279 BA with a 314 OBP and a 385 slugging for a 700 OPS. Since he doesn’t walk and his OBP is almost entirely BA dependent his woba is 309 and his OPS+ is 94. Fangraphs has him at exactly 0 WAR.

      Please show me how advanced metrics show Vlad to still be a good hitter.

      As for being one of the “few bats Baltimore has” he is 7th on the team in OPS+ among regulars and also behind Reimold who should be getting the at bats Vlad misses.

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