Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s injury is nothing serious, but will still likely put a hold on the wishes for him to be called up by the Toronto Blue Jays.
It looks like the calls for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to play at the Major League level for the Toronto Blue Jays will have to take a back seat, at least for now. At this point, he just needs to get back onto the field.
As reported by Sportsnet‘s Shi Davidi, Guerrero Jr. had to leave Saturday’s Double-A game, after suffering an injury against the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. The incident happened during the final inning, when he stepped awkwardly on first base after beating out an infield single.
As you’d expect, the incident caused immediate concerned for everyone connected with the Blue Jays. However, Davidi advised the injury is not a major concern.
At this stage, the projection is Guerrero Jr. will miss at least a couple of games. Understandably though, there will be no rush to bring the top-rated prospect back to action.
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In any respect, do not expect the 19-year-old to be playing for the Blue Jays any time soon. Even when he does return to action, the next step is likely to be a promotion to Triple-A.
Guerrero Jr. has blazed a trail through Double-A for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He is batting .409 through 51 games, connecting on 11 home runs and 54 RBIs.
Overall, the Montreal, Quebec native has an excellent slash line of .409/.461/.677, with an OPS of 1.137. He has also reached base 20 times on walks.
Even before the injury, part of the reason the Blue Jays were bringing Guerrero Jr. along slowly, was to give him a chance to improve his defence. While he has a cannon for an arm, he still needs to refine the nuances of playing at third base.
Regardless, Guerrero Jr. should get a chance to show what he can do in the Majors at some point in 2018. How soon remains to be seen, but will more than likely be linked to the Blue Jays’ continued struggles in the standings.
Taking into account the severity — or lack thereof — of Guerrero Jr.’s injury, how soon would you realistically like to see him called up by the Blue Jays? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.