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Angels lose Guerrero for a month with torn pectoral

Posted Apr 19 2009 11:01pm

A line-up that was already offensively challeneged received more bad news Friday when the Los Angeles Angels said the will be without bopper Vladmir Guerrero for a month or more with torn pectoral muscle, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Obviously, short of Vlad needing surgery, this is a big blow," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "We'll see how he progresses. Some of the windows we've been given [for how long he'll be out] are optimistic; some are longer. But we're going to be conservative. He'll be reevaluated in a month, and we'll see where he is."

According to the Times, Guerrero suffered the injury while throwing from right field to third base in an April 2 exhibition in Dodger Stadium and was relegated to designated hitter for the first eight games. He had an MRI test Thursday in Seattle. The initial diagnosis was a strain.

But Guerrero returned to Southern California to be examined Friday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels' team physician, who reviewed the MRI results and deemed the injury more serious.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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