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Sports Richard Griffin: Top Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on DL with apparent leg injury

07:23  08 june  2018
07:23  08 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

The Blue Jays now have the perfect opening to call up Vlad Guerrero, Jr.

  The Blue Jays now have the perfect opening to call up Vlad Guerrero, Jr. Do it already, Toronto. Finally, it could be the time we’ve all been waiting for. Toronto now has the perfect chance to call up Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. to the majors, at least for a temporary basis. At this point, Vlad Jr. has more than proven himself in Double A ball, hitting .431 with 10 home runs for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season. So while at the very least he should at least be called up to Triple A Buffalo to get reps there, the Blue Jays now have an opening to test out his skills in the show. Josh Donaldson left Monday’s game against the Red Sox with an injury, leaving the starting third base spot open at least for a few games based on how it looked. Donaldson tweaked something while running from first-to-third on a double, which was confirmed after he left as left calf tightness. While hopefully that’s not as stymying an injury as the dead arm Donaldson started the season with, it’s not something he should be rushed back from especially considering he already missed nearly 20 games already this year. His departure meant that Gio Urshela took over at third for the last few innings. Urshela is hitting .160 on the year with a slugging percentage of .

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The Double-A Fisher Cats will be without star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for at least a week with a suspected leg injury. © MARK MAKELA The Double-A Fisher Cats will be without star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for at least a week with a suspected leg injury.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays’ top prospect, was placed on the seven-day disabled list by the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday with an apparent leg injury. He’s eligible to return June 14 at Akron.

Guerrero, the No. 1 prospect in the majors among position players and the Eastern League’s player of the month for May, was removed from Wednesday’s game in the fourth inning following a slide into second base. Guerrero gestured for the medical staff as soon as he regained his feet after sliding in safely, and a pinch-runner came on. The Jays did not release further details on the extent of the injury.

The 19-year-old third baseman, the youngest player in the Eastern League, has never been on the DL before. He’s batting .407 in 53 games this season with 11 homers, 55 RBIs, 20 walks and 21 strikeouts. Overall, he has compiled a .328 average in 234 games at four levels of the Blue Jays system.

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