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story.lead_photo.caption Former World Series MVP Pedro Guerrero had a massive stroke and is recovering in a hospital in New York, his wife said.


Guerrero hospitalized with stroke

Former World Series MVP Pedro Guerrero had a massive stroke and is recovering in a hospital in New York, his wife said.

Roxanna Jimenez said her 60-year-old husband was taken to a hospital Monday. She said doctors initially declared him brain dead but a second opinion confirmed he was comatose. He was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

"It was his second massive stroke," Jimenez said Tuesday by phone from New York to a radio show in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. "He's recovering. The doctor said he can improve. He opened his eyes and is trying to communicate."

Guerrero played 15 seasons in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. The slugger was the 1981 World Series co-MVP with the Dodgers and played in five All-Star Games. Guerrero was a career .300 hitter, with 1,618 hits, 215 home runs and 898 RBI, and starred for the Dodgers from 1978-88.


Lugo has partial tear in elbow

NEW YORK -- Mets right-hander Seth Lugo has a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow, but has not decided whether he will have Tommy John surgery.

Lugo had a platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery and will not throw for about two weeks. New York said he will then start a throwing program, and the need for surgery will be determined based on how he feels after trying rehabilitation.

An MRI taken Saturday revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.

Lugo last pitched March 27, allowing 4 runs and 8 hits in 41/3 innings during an exhibition game against Washington. He was 2-1 with a 5.56 ERA in three spring-training starts and one relief appearance.

The 27-year-old made his big league debut last July 1 and went 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 8 starts and 9 relief appearances.

Left-hander Steven Matz has a flexor tendon strain and will be sidelined until at least May. Right-hander Noah Syndergaard left Monday's opener with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, and his next start will be pushed back a day.


Guerra on DL; Suter recalled

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers have placed opening day starter Junior Guerra on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right calf and recalled reliever Brent Suter from Class AAA Colorado Springs.

Manager Craig Counsell said before Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies that Guerra could be out six weeks with what he called a significant strain.

Guerra got hurt in the 7-5 loss to the Rockies on Monday while breaking out of the batter's box after laying down a bunt in the third inning. The right-hander was on crutches after the game.

Suter went 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA in 8 spring training games before the Brewers optioned the left-handed reliever to minor league camp on March 26. Suter did not allow a run in 12 relief appearances with Milwaukee last season, going 2-0.


Eight minor-leaguers suspended

NEW YORK -- Emmanuel Burriss, a seven-year major league veteran who spent last season with Philadelphia, was among eight players suspended under the sport's minor league drug program.

A 32-year-old on the roster of the Washington's Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs, Burriss was suspended for 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse, the commissioner's office said Tuesday.

He hit .111 with no RBI in 50 plate appearances over 39 games with the Phillies last season. Burris has a .237 average in a big league career that also included time with San Francisco (2008-12) and Washington (2015).

Four other players received 50-game bans after second positive tests for a drug of abuse: San Francisco catchers catcher Ty Ross (San Jose Giants of the Class A California League) and Cody Brickhouse (rookie-level Arizona League Giants), Los Angeles Angels' Keith Grieshaber (rookie-level Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League) and Cincinnati right-hander Ian Kahaloa (Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League)

Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Edward Perez, who is with the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Dodgers, was banned for 72 games after a positive test for metabolites of stanozolol.

Houston shortstop Jonathan Arauz, at Quad Cities of the Midwest League, was suspended for 50 games after a positive test for the banned stimulant methamphetamine.

Boston shortstop Jeremy Rivera, who is with the Class A Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League, was suspended for 50 games following an unspecified violation of the drug program.

There have been 19 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.

Sports on 04/05/2017

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