Guerra to take bereavement leave to be with father

Guerra to take bereavement leave to be with father

Guerra to take bereavement leave to be with father
LOS ANGELES -- Javy Guerra, who pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Padres on Friday night, will take a bereavement leave Saturday to be with his father, who is hospitalized in Mexico after suffering a heart attack Friday morning.

Guerra said his father is scheduled for open-heart surgery Saturday, and he spent Friday figuring out travel and passport details, which is why manager Don Mattingly had mixed feelings about asking Guerra to pitch the seventh inning after the Dodgers had taken a one-run lead.

"I was a little nervous for Javy. He's got stuff going on at home," Mattingly said. "But he was good."

Guerra said coming to the ballpark was a welcome, if temporary, distraction.

"I'm thankful I came out here for the day," he said. "It wears on you and it was good to see the guys and come back to the field so you don't think about it so much."

Guerra will be traveling to Nuevo Laredo, just across the Texas border. He said his father might need a stent.

"I'm praying for the best but prepared for the worst," he said. He learned of his father's condition on a phone call from his mother Friday morning.

The Dodgers will likely place Guerra on the bereavement list for a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven days. A likely callup is right-hander Josh Wall, who has 18 saves but a 5.68 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque.