Notes: Guerrero's family tragedy

Notes: Guerrero's family tragedy

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tragedy struck the Angels clubhouse when it was learned that three cousins of Vladimir Guerrero were killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.

The three men, all on his father's side of the family, Fernando Guerrero, 26, Salvador Carmona, 25, and Henry Guerrero, 23, were driving from Don Gregorio to San Cristobal but no further details were available. They were buried Monday at 4 p.m. Dominican time.

Guerrero, who learned the news Sunday afternoon and was not in Angels camp Monday, was not available for comment and it was unclear what his immediate plans were. Guerrero is scheduled to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans will open training camp in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday.

"Vlad is shaken up," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Any time something like this happens, everyone is shaken up. He will take some time and take the next step. ... When things like this happen, the furthest thing from your mind is playing baseball."

San Cristobal is about 20 miles inland from Don Gregorio, a town where Guerrero lives along the southern coast of the country.

So long, Percy?: Troy Percival may be close to calling it a career.

The longtime Angels closer said he probably threw his last pitch during a simulated game at Tigers camp Sunday. Percival is trying to come back from a torn muscle around his right elbow he suffered last July.

"I always wait for something miraculous to happen," Percival said. "I probably don't think it's going to happen, but I'll keep doing what they ask me to do."

Percival, who signed as a free agent with the Tigers last offseason, did not have surgery and instead decided to rehab in a comeback effort, despite being advised not to by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who diagnosed the injury.

The right-hander appeared in 26 games for Detroit and converted eight save opportunities last season but the vast majority of his 324 career saves came in an Angels uniform.

Percival, 36, made his debut with the Angels in 1995 and pitched 10 years for the club and was on the mound for the final out in all three clinchers in the 2002 postseason: the ALDS victory over the Yankees, the ALCS victory over the Twins and the World Series triumph over the Giants.

"It is hard to describe what he meant to this team and this organization," said Darin Erstad, who joined the Angels one year after Percival. "As a teammate, he was the best -- No.1. Having him at the tail end of games and having his mentality in the clubhouse was everything."

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Stats lie: Orlando Cabrera did not have a banner year at the plate last season, hitting .257 while getting on base slightly better than 30 percent of the time.

He also hit 10 fewer doubles last year than he did in 2004 and 19 fewer than the career-high 47 doubles he hit in Montreal in 2003. But a move from sixth in the order to second last season helped him to have a second-half resurgence and Scioscia said he's more productive in the two-hole than statistics might indicate.

"Instead of looking at the numbers, you have to realize that Orlando is a situational hitter," Scioscia said. "He needs to get on base, and when he gets on base, he can manufacture runs with his legs."

After moving up to second in the order July 29, Cabrera scored 39 runs and had 32 RBIs in 58 games to help set Chone Figgins in motion.

"He allowed Figgy to produce with his game, and that is a pretty good 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup," Scioscia said.

On-field action: The Angels will hold a nine-inning intrasquad game on the main field Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. MT. John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar are expected to start. Tim Salmon said he will play but Garret Anderson will probably sit it out.

Angelic asides: Dallas McPherson was not in camp Monday after contracting a rash of unknown origin. The training staff asked McPherson a number of questions regarding changes in detergents, diet or vitamins but was unable to determine a cause. McPherson is expected to return Tuesday. ... Figgins will work on his bunting skills from both sides of the plate this spring to help improve his on-base percentage. ... Alberto Callaspo is taking ground balls at third base as the organization prepares the prospect for a possible position shift. ... Jeff Weaver is 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA in eight career games at Angel Stadium.

Mike Scarr is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.