Javy Guerra returns after father's surgery

July, 18, 2012
7/18/12
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Javy Guerra, who last pitched in the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Padres on Friday night, returned Wednesday from a leave to be with his father, who was hospitalized in Mexico after suffering a heart attack Friday morning.

Guerra left the team Saturday to be with his father, who had open-heart surgery. To make room for Guerra, who was reinstated from the bereavement list, Stephen Fife was optioned to triple-A Albuquerque. Fife pitched six innings Tuesday night in his MLB debut, giving up giving up one run and four hits in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Phillies.

“It’s good to have him back,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s one of our guys we can use later in the game so it’s good to have him back and it sounds like everything went well with his dad and he’s a little more at ease with everything that’s going on.”

Mattingly also gave Andre Ethier the day off against the Phillies and Cliff Lee, going with Tony Gwynn Jr. in right field and in the lead-off spot. Mattingly said nothing was wrong with Ethier, but he wanted to give him an extra day off, as he had earlier done with Matt Kemp after both came off the disabled list and returned to the lineup following the All-Star break. Considering the Dodgers are off tomorrow and don’t play again until Friday night in New York, Mattingly thought the extended rest would be good for Ethier.

“This almost gives him three days because it’s today, tomorrow and Friday is a night game so it’s a perfect opportunity for him and then Cliff is a guy he doesn’t see well,” Mattingly said. “It seemed like the right time. I was able to get Matt a day off coming back so today seemed like the right day for Andre.”

Here's a look at today's lineups:

PHILLIES

Jimmy Rollins SS

Shane Victorino CF

Chase Utley 2B

Carlos Ruiz C

Hunter Pence RF

Ty Wigginton 1B

Placido Polanco 3B

John Mayberry Jr. LF

Roy Halladay P

DODGERS

Tony Gwynn Jr. RF

Mark Ellis 2B

Matt Kemp CF

Juan Rivera 1B

Jerry Hairston Jr. LF

Juan Uribe 3B

Luis Cruz SS

A.J. Ellis C

Clayton Kershaw P

Arash Markazi

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