Guerrero's Triple-A tear creates buzz

Guerrero's Triple-A tear creates buzz

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly moved to dampen expectations for Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero, who has been tearing it up at Triple-A Albuquerque since returning from the disabled list.

Guerrero entered play for the Isotopes on Tuesday night batting .467 (14-for-30), with 11 extra-base hits and a 1.468 OPS. He's 6-for-8 against left-handed pitching.

But Mattingly reminded reporters that Guerrero is in the Minor Leagues to learn how to play second base.

"That kind of stuff doesn't happen overnight," he said. "Eight games, you're not going to see much difference in that amount of time."

Guerrero, signed to a four-year, $28 million deal, played shortstop exclusively until signing with the Dodgers last year.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.