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SportsBlue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reassigned to minor league camp

08:50  15 march  2019
08:50  15 march  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Grichuk homers in losing cause for Jays

Grichuk homers in losing cause for Jays Randal Grichuk homered in his spring debut as the Toronto Blue Jays lost 11-5 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. In the lineup as the designated hitter after a foot injury kept him out for the Blue Jays' first four games of the spring, the usual outfielder belted a three-run homer in the third off Phillies starter Enyel De Los Santos. Ryan Borucki made his second start of the spring for the Blue Jays (1-4) and took the loss after giving up five runs in two innings. The left-hander walked three and struck out one. Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., went 1-for-3 with a double for Toronto.

Vladimir Guerrero Ramos Jr . (born March 16, 1999) is a Canadian-Dominican professional baseball third baseman in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr . assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Toronto Blue Jays signed free agent OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr . to a minor league contract.

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Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been reassigned to minor league camp.

The news came Thursday in a report from Sportsnet, just days after Guerrero was sidelined with a grade 1 strain of his left oblique.

The move, however, is somewhat procedural since Guerrero was going to miss the rest of spring training anyway, the report noted.

The 19-year-old third baseman initially suffered the injury Friday against Pittsburgh in his most recent Grapefruit League game, but the team didn't announce how or exactly when the injury happened.

Report: MLBPA monitoring Blue Jays' treatment of Vlad Jr.

Report: MLBPA monitoring Blue Jays' treatment of Vlad Jr. The Toronto Blue Jays seem set to stash Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the minors for the opening weeks of the 2019 season, and the Major League Baseball Players Association is prepared to get involved if it can prove the young slugger's service time is being manipulated. "It's something we are following and it's going to be an issue," an MLBPA source told Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun on Thursday. "Service-time manipulation has been a prominent theme that the players' association has emphasized in its talks with Major League Baseball." Tony Clark, the executive director of the players' union, is scheduled to visit Blue Jays' spring training camp in Dunedin, Fla.

3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr . assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from Lansing Lugnuts. July 7, 2017. Lansing Lugnuts placed 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr . on the temporarily inactive list. Toronto Blue Jays signed free agent OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr . to a minor league contract. + View More Transactions.

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Guerrero's major league status have been an ongoing topic and recently caught the attention of the MLB Players Association.

The organization indicated they will be monitoring Toronto to ensure the team isn't manipulating the young slugger's service time.​

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 almost certainly begin this season​.

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Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reassigned to minor league camp

Shapiro: Vlad Jr. will 'absolutely' join Blue Jays when healthy.
Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro revealed Thursday that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be up with the team when he is healthy. "Absolutely, yea," Shapiro told Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet. "We just need to get him healthy first and need to address the other things that we mentioned at the outset of spring training, perhaps the things that led to that injury. You know, ensuring that his routines are major-league caliber and ensuring that he has the proper foundation under him when he comes up here. "We've said all along, he's on an expedited time frame ... we are not holding him back, we're speeding him up.

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