Dodgers stick by Guzman after suspension

Dodgers stick by Guzman after suspension

Dodgers stick by Guzman after suspension
HOUSTON -- The Dodgers are not ready to give up on Angel Guzman, the Minor League pitcher who was suspended 50 games on Friday for his second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"I knew about it in spring training," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He was pitching so good. We knew there was going to be an appeal process. Usually that doesn't make much difference. [But] he kind of went down on the priority list as far as giving him innings."

Guzman, a right-hander, is on the roster of the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers' Triple-A team, but has not appeared in a game this season.

"It's pretty unique, this kid," Mattingly said. "It's a lot deeper than what you may think. It's one you should maybe wait and see because this is a good kid. There's more to this story.

"I really like this guy. His arm is good. His stuff is good. He's a worker. He's a great kid. I think he has a chance to be a part of what we do here eventually. I want to let this thing play out a little bit."

Guzman, 30, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, was signed by the Dodgers in December as a free agent. He played parts of four seasons with the Chicago Cubs, compiling a 3-10 record with a 4.82 ERA.

He originally signed with Kansas City in 1999 as a 17-year-old.