Guerrier pleased with return after long injury

Guerrier pleased with return after long injury

Guerrier pleased with return after long injury
LOS ANGELES -- Aside from one mistake -- albeit one that decided the game -- Matt Guerrier said he felt great making his return to the mound for the Dodgers in Friday's game against the D-backs.

Guerrier had been on the disabled list since April 19 with right elbow tendinitis and had previously made just seven appearances in 2012.

The righty gave up an 11th-inning homer to Jason Kubel, but he struck out Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Upton before getting Miguel Montero to ground out.

"Obviously there is always room for improvement, but I felt good," he said.

Guerrier warmed up earlier in the game, which he said made him feel more comfortable when he warmed up in the bottom of the 10th. Manager Don Mattingly said it wasn't the ideal situation to put Guerrier in after being out for months.

Going forward, the righty said he expects to be able to be an option on a daily basis.

"I'm ready," he said. "It's all about how I feel each day and typically over the last six outings in Arizona and in Rancho, I felt good enough the next day where I could throw. I can't imagine I'll feel any different [Saturday]."