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Javy Guerra goes from Opening Day closer to Triple-A

Mar 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Javy Guerra was the Dodgers’ Opening Day closer last season, but yesterday they reassigned the right-hander to Triple-A.

Guerra held the closer job for around a month before giving way to Kenley Jansen. He pitched well overall with a 2.60 ERA in 45 innings, but missed five weeks in the middle of the season following knee surgery, nearly all of September with an oblique injury, and then had shoulder surgery in November.

His shoulder surgery was considered minor, but with the Dodgers’ stockpile of pitching depth there wasn’t much motivation to rush him along.

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