ARLINGTON -- Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero returned to the Rangers' lineup on Friday for the first time since injuring his eye during batting practice on Wednesday in Chicago.
He didn't disappoint, either. Guerrero capped a seven-run fourth inning with a three-run double that ultimately was the difference in the Rangers' 9-6 win over the Rays.
Guerrero, who went 1-for-4, tried to stretch the hit into a triple, but was thrown out at third by Carl Crawford.
Guerrero was struck with a ball that ricocheted off the batting cage, and has missed the last two games. But he told manager Ron Washington that he was good-to-go prior to the Rangers' game against the Rays.
"I'm fine. I feel better ... a lot better than [Thursday]. There's no pain," Guerrero said. "The swelling is almost all the way out. It's been on ice. I definitely feel better."
Guerrero said he was able to see (Thursday) and may have been able to play, but Washington didn't even entertain the thought.
"I didn't even ask [if he could play]," Washington said. "I just told him he wasn't playing when I saw the way he looked when he came in. I didn't even take a chance."
Guerrero entered Friday leading the American League with a .385 average at home and second the league in RBIs with 44, trailing only Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers.