BAKERSFIELD -- Dodgers infielder has reached the next phase of his rehab assignment after surgery to reattach part of his left ear. Guerrero joins Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in Bakersfield against the Blaze (a Reds affiliate) for a noon PT start on Sunday.
Guerrero is playing second base and batting third for the Quakes on Sunday, the first of five planned games with Rancho Cuamonga. The plan is for Guerrero to play two games at second base, two games at shortstop, and one game at third base, per Quakes broadcaster Brandon Liebhaber.
In the first leg of his rehab Guerrero is 8-for-23 (.348) with two home runs, a double and three walks in seven games with the rookie level Arizona League Dodgers. He played three games at designated hitter, two at shortstop, one at third base and one at second base in his first competitive game action in seven weeks since getting a chunk of his left ear bitten off in a dugout scuffle with catcher and then-teammate Miguel Olivo on May 20.
Guerrero, signed to a four-year, $28 million contract in October, hit .376/.417/.735 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI in 33 games with Triple-A Albuquerque, for whom he is still on the disabled list. With the Isotopes, 28 of his 30 starts in the field were at second base, with the other two at shortstop.
In a corresponding move, shortstop Dillon Moyer was transferred to rookie level Ogden.