Dodgers option 2B Alex Guerrero

Updated: March 25, 2014, 6:08 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers optioned second baseman Alex Guerrero to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday in order to make room on their roster for outfielder Carl Crawford to come off the paternity list.

The team signed Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million deal last October and Guerrero batted .300 with a team-leading nine RBIs in spring training, but the team felt he needed more minor-league seasoning. Guerrero had one at-bat, a strikeout, in the Dodgers' two-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney over the weekend.

The Dodgers are going with a Justin Turner-Dee Gordon platoon at second base, at least until they feel Guerrero is ready for an everyday role.

Crawford stayed behind in Arizona when the Dodgers traveled to Australia awaiting the birth of his third child. The baby boy, Carl Leo Crawford, was born Saturday morning. Crawford's fiancee is former reality TV star Evelyn Lozada.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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