Bowling Green Hot Rods starting pitcher Taylor Guerrieri, the No. 2 prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays system, according to MLB.com, is in Florida, where he’s being evaluated for an elbow injury.
Guerrieri was placed on the disabled list Sunday before the Hot Rods’ game with Beloit (Wis), a contest that was suspended by rain with the score tied 1-1 in the 11th inning. It was scheduled to resume at 12:05 p.m. today.
BG manager Jared Sandberg said Guerrieri is at the Rays’ extended spring training facility in Port Charlotte, Fla., but declined to comment further on the hurler’s status.
Guerrieri left his last start July 15 at Cedar Rapids (Iowa) with elbow soreness after facing one batter in the third inning. It was Guerrieri’s first start since July 1 and his 14th of the season.
The 2011 first-round selection was also selected to play in the Futures Game, but he skipped the event at the Rays’ request.
The Futures Game is an annual exhibition during the All-Star game festivities and showcases the top prospects in minor league baseball.
Guerrieri is 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 67 innings of work. He allowed 54 hits with 51 strikeouts and 12 walks.
On Sunday, Beloit took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI double from Brett Vertigan, but the Hot Rods tied it in the fourth when Luke Maile doubled and came around on a single by Justin O’Conner.
BG pitchers held the Snappers to two hits over the final eight innings, but the offense couldn’t take advantage.
The Hot Rods put runners at second and third with no outs in the seventh but failed to score.
Bowling Green threatened in the 10th when Andrew Toles drew a one-out walk, then moved to second on a single by Tyler Goeddel. Toles was doubled off second on a line drive to center field to end the inning.
It was the final play of the night, with the two teams waiting through an hour delay before the game was suspended.
Marcus Jensen was the pitcher of record for the Hot Rods when the game was suspended, with Beloit shortstop Daniel Robertson scheduled to lead off for the Snappers.
Today’s regularly scheduled game will begin following the completion of the suspended game at 12:05 p.m.
Left-hander Matt Spann (3-1, 2.25) is slated to start the second game for the Hot Rods. Beloit is expected to counter with right-hander Andres Avila.