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Alex Guerrero held out Monday with left hand injury

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dodgers extra bat / utility man / enigma Alex Guerrero will be held out of game action on Monday after feeling pain in his left hand while batting on Sunday.

Guerrero was originally scheduled to play third base in reserve on Sunday against the Brewers but didn't play. He was also listed on Monday's lineup card to play in left field in reserve against the Giants, but now won't make the trip to Scottsdale.

"Alex yesterday swinging felt a little something in his hand. We're fine with him, but we're going to give him an extra day," manager Don Mattingly said. "I'm sure he'll be back tomorrow. He told me he was good today, but medical is going to be cautious."

Guerrero, who is 6-for-9 with a home run in four Cactus League games so far, hit off of a tee this morning.

Notes

  • J.P. Howell has tightness in his groin, but is expected to return to throwing on Tuesday.

  • Joel Peralta will throw live batting practice on Tuesday, and Mike Adams will do so on Wednesday, the last step for both before seeing game action.

    "They are on schedule," Mattingly said. "They're on the right road."

  • Darnell Sweeney is fine after jamming his left shoulder in a ninth inning collision on Sunday with Brewers first baseman Matt Clark. Sweeney had his shoulder wrapped in ice after Sunday's game. He has been cleared to make the trip with the Dodgers to Scottsdale, but will likely not play. He was originally slated to play second base in reserve on Monday, but will be held out as a precaution.

  • The Dodgers were considering playing a "B" game on the back fields likely on Wednesday to create an opportunity for pitchers to get innings, but those plans have been scrapped. Instead, several two-inning pitchers (guys like David Huff, Chris Anderson, Zach Lee, Chris Reed and  Julio Urias, for instance) will instead pitch one inning, followed by a session afterward in the bullpen.

    "We'll try to keep them active in a major league game, to keep the intensity up," Mattingly said.