Vladimir Guerrero Jr. injury update: MLB’s top prospect (oblique) resumes baseball activities

first_imgFor now, MLB’s No. 1 prospect, who turned 20 on March 16, will work his way toward eventually reporting to Triple-A Buffalo.MORE: Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN”If he goes [to Buffalo] and he’s hot and swinging the bat good, there’s no reason for him not to come here,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Monday (via MLB.com). “But I know for sure, he needs some at-bats. He lost spring training, he lost a lot of time. So that’s why I told him [Sunday], don’t rush it, take your time, make sure you feel good at the plate and we’ll go from there.”Guerrero’s major-league status has been an ongoing topic and this spring caught the attention of the MLB Players Association. The union indicated it will monitor his situation to ensure the team isn’t manipulating the young slugger’s service time.Whether he would make the Jays’ Opening Day roster became a moot point when he injured himself on a swing during an exhibition game against the Pirates.The benefit of remaining in Dunedin for extended spring training is that those types of games allow teams to manipulate scenarios as needed, the better to help players work on what they need to work on without being unduly taxed by competition.It’s unclear what Guerrero’s next step will be.The Advanced Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays open their season Thursday, but a Toronto spokesman told the Toronto Globe & Mail no decision had been made yet on whether Guerrero would join them. Blue Jays mega-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., sidelined since March 8 because of a strained oblique, has resumed baseball activities and is playing in extended spring training games at the team’s minor-league complex in Dunedin, Florida, according to multiple reports.Translation: The clock has resumed ticking on the third baseman’s promotion to the majors. Guerrero slashed .381/.437/.636 with 20 home runs, 78 RBIs and a 1.073 OPS in 2018. He went from Rookie ball to Advanced-A to Double-A and finished at Triple-A Buffalo, where he will begin this season eventually.When Guerrero arrives there, he’ll be joining another top Jays prospect and son of a former major-leaguer there.Toronto on Monday announced the Bisons’ Opening Day roster and it includes infielder Bo Bichette, son of former Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette, and the game’s No. 11 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Bisons Opening Day Roster includes infielder Bo Bichette, the #11 overall prospect of the Top 100 according to MLB Pipeline. Bichette is rated as Toronto’s 2nd overall prospect behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Outfielder— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) April 1, 2019last_img read more