Pain forces Guerrier to shut down rehab

Pain forces Guerrier to shut down rehab

Pain forces Guerrier to shut down rehab
PHOENIX -- Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier, on the disabled list since April 19 with elbow tendinitis, has stalled in his rehabilitation and said the most likely course of action is to shut down completely until his pain is gone.

When a platelet-rich plasma injection failed to resolve his discomfort, Guerrier two weeks ago decided to try to pitch through it. But he was discouraged after a Wednesday bullpen session in which he said he pitched better than he felt.

"It's not responding as well as I'd like after two bullpens," said Guerrier. "It's very frustrating, so up and down and back and forth. It feels good one day, the next day I can't play catch. The turning point was a couple weeks ago, and I thought I could push through it."

Guerrier said among the options are exploratory surgery (about which he said, "I don't think any of us think that's the case."), another injection or complete rest.

"Rest is the more likely bet," he said.