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Alex Guerrero scratched with left knee soreness

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PHOENIX -- Alex Guerrero was scratched from his scheduled Saturday start with left knee soreness, missing the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch.

Guerrero was to be the starting designated hitter for the Dodgers on Saturday in what would have been his third consecutive start. Instead, catcher Shawn Zarraga started in his place.

Guerrero was 2-for-5 in his two games, with a home run and a double, both hit in Thursday's opener. Guerrero started at third base on Thursday and at designated hitter on Friday.

Though he played more games in left field than third base in 2015, and was signed as a second baseman and played shortstop in Cuba, Guerrero will stick to the hot corner when he plays the field this spring, manager Dave Roberts said earlier this week.

The Dodgers have used a trio of players in three games to start at third base while incumbent Justin Turner sits out the first week or so of Cactus League play as he recovers from offseason left knee surgery. Guerrero started Thursday, Brandon Hicks got the call on Friday, then Elian Herrera started at third base on Saturday.

Once he starts playing in games, Turner will be the designated hitter before playing the field, Roberts told reporters on Sunday.


The Dodgers rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to give Jose De Leon the win. The rally saw doubles by Trayce Thompson, Alex Hassan and Charlie Culberson, and a home run by Rob Segedin, who added another home run — this one a solo shot — in the eighth inning.

Segedin, who has played mostly third base and first base with some right field and left field mixed in his minor league career, played first base on Thursday and Friday, and played third base on Saturday. Earlier this week he said he would play anywhere to help the team.

"No preference," Segedin said. "As long as I'm playing I don't really care too much [where]."

Six Dodgers pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts on Saturday, including three by Chris Anderson in two scoreless frames to end the game.

Up next

The Dodgers travel to Scottsdale on Sunday to battle the Giants. In the slot that was originally slated for Brett Anderson, Zach Lee will get the start for the Dodgers. Ross Stripling is also expected to pitch for the Dodgers on Sunday, while new free agent acquisition Jeff Samardzija will start for San Francisco.

Sunday's game, a 12:05 p.m. PT start, will be televised by SportsNet LA.