Loney, Guerrier suffer minor injuries

March, 13, 2012
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After staying relatively injury-free all spring, the Los Angeles Dodgers were bitten twice this week, with both first baseman James Loney and reliever Matt Guerrier suffering minor ailments that are expected to sideline them only on a short-term basis.

Loney felt tightness in both of his calves, which manager Don Mattingly said Loney initially attributed to a new pair of shoes he was wearing.

"He felt some soreness and didn't think it was anything,'' Mattingly said. "But then he felt it a little more, so we'll hold him out and try to see what it looks like (Wednesday). I don't expect it to be more than a day or two.''

Guerrier, meanwhile, felt something in his back while doing plyometric drills at Camelback Ranch on Monday.

"I'm not sure how long it's going to be, but this will definitely take him out of things for a few days,'' Mattingly said. "We're really looking at it as a short-term thing, but we want to make sure it doesn't turn into something else.''

Both Loney and Guerrier figure to be key players for the Dodgers this season. Loney, the team's primary first baseman, is 3-for-11 with three walks in five Cactus League games this spring. Guerrier, a veteran middle reliever, has walked four of the nine batters he has faced in two appearances this spring but hasn't given up a run and has been somewhat satisfied with his stuff and his mechanics.

Tony Jackson

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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