Guerrero day-to-day with eye injury
Slugger hit during BP; X-rays show no significant damage
CHICAGO -- Rangers outfielder Vladimir Guerrero was asked in what round the referee stopped the fight. He laughed at the question.
"The last round," he said with a smile after the Rangers beat the White Sox on Wednesday, 9-5. "I fought them all the way."
His left eye suggested he lost the fight. It was swollen and seemed half-shut after getting hit by a baseball in batting practice. Guerrero, swinging in the batting cage, popped a pitch straight up. It hit a pole on the metal frame and ricocheted back down, hitting him right in the eye.
He was taken for X-rays, and everything appeared normal. He just had significant swelling that made him look like a boxer after a fight. But Guerrero said he could still see and is hoping to play on Thursday.
That may be stretching things, but he is officially listed as day-to-day.
"When a ball hits you in the eye, and you're not expecting it, it's going to look bad at first," Guerrero said. "But the swelling has gone down, and he's smiling."
Michael Young moved to designated hitter, and Andres Blanco replaced Young at third base on Wednesday. Blanco had not played in the Rangers' previous 13 games but made two terrific barehanded plays on slow rollers behind Scott Feldman. Wednesday marked the first time that Young did not start at third base this season.
Earlier in the afternoon, Guerrero had been named the Rangers Player of the Month after hitting .330 with 18 runs scored, 10 home runs and 31 RBI.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.