As they get ready to play the Texas Rangers in a three-game interleague series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Expos are also preparing for life without their All-Star outfielder.
On Thursday, Guerrero underwent an MRI that revealed a herniated disc in his back. He will seek a second opinion next week to confirm the diagnosis, but he is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list.
“If the second opinion comes back the way the first one did we’ll probably DL him,” Expos general manager Omar Minaya said. “We’ll then see what the treatment will be and what the best method will be to get him back.”
Guerrero had missed six straight games before playing in the first two games of the Expos’ interleague series against the Anaheim Angels. He sat out Thursday.
Montreal, however, did not need its star in the series finale. After losing the series’ first two games, getting outscored 26-6 in the process, the Expos won 8-7 in 14 innings on Thursday.
After the Expos fell behind 7-5 in the top of the 14th, Ron Calloway hit a game-winning two-run single in the bottom half of the inning. Calloway, filling in for Guerrero, also hit a three-run homer to help the Expos win for just the second time in 10 games.
The Rangers come to Puerto Rico on a six-game losing streak. They were outscored 19-11 in their interleague series with the Atlanta Braves, which concluded with an 8-4 loss Thursday.
STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 15 GB, AL West. Expos - 2nd place, 6 1/2 GB, NL East.
RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Colby Lewis (4-3, 7.39 ERA). Lewis has not lost in five starts, but is just 1-0 with a 7.23 ERA in that span. On Sunday, he gave up three runs and eight hits over six innings, but did not get the decision in the Rangers’ 5-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The 23-year-old right-hander has never faced the Expos.
EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Livan Hernandez (4-4, 3.41 ERA). Hernandez has lost his last two starts, giving up eight runs in a span of 11 2-3 innings. On Sunday, he allowed four runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. In two career games against the Rangers, Hernandez is 2-0 with a 7.07 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Hank Blalock, .354 avg.; Juan Gonzalez, 17 HRs and 43 RBIs; Carl Everett, 46 runs; Alex Rodriguez, 6 SBs. Expos - Jose Vidro, .338 avg.; Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera, 8 HRs and 33 RBIs; Cabrera, 37 runs; Endy Chavez, 10 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Rangers - 0-3; Expos - 1-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - 1B Rafael Palmeiro was scratched from the lineup on Thursday after his back stiffened up during batting practice. … SS Rodriguez is 4-for-7 (.571) with three doubles and a homer in his career against RHP Hernandez. … The Rangers placed RHP Joaquin Benoit on the 15-day DL with soreness in his elbow. Expos - The Expos were outhomered 15-3 in their three-game series against Anaheim. … Montreal recalled RHP Julio Manon from Triple-A Edmonton. He was 1-0 with a 0.99 ERA and 12 saves in 22 games for the Trappers. … The Expos have scored more than four runs in just three of their last 13 games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 11-19 on the road; Expos - 20-11 at home.
INJURIES: Rangers - INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Doug Glanville (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Benoit (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (back), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (shoulder), 60-day DL. Expos - RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Zach Day (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL.