Vlad Guerrero Jr. Returns to Jays’ Lineup After Knee Injury

(© imago images) May 24, 2021, Dunedin, Florida, USA: Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 27 gestures after hitting a home run in the against the Tampa Bay Rays Copyright: xIvyxCeballox

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. missed nearly two weeks of spring training for the Blue Jays due to inflammation of his right knee. It wasn’t a particularly serious injury but did have Jays fans a little nervous ahead of the start of the MLB regular season. 

Luckily for them, Toronto’s ace looked to be back to his normal self, throwing himself around the field and hitting long balls against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Jays ended up winning the game 7-1 and Gurrero Jr. was able to showcase his hitting prowess, absolutely drilling a double in the third to seal the win.

There were concerns about Guerrero Jr. ‘s mobility entering the game but any worries were put to rest by his sprinting between the bases and diving on the field. It seems that the mild knee injury will not have much effect on his playing time come the start of the regular season.

Guerrero expressed interest in joining the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic if the team should advance to the latter part of the tournament. He will need to consult with team medical staff and management and be evaluated in the next couple days. While he doesn’t want to compromise his season with the Jays, Guerrero has discussed how he would like to help his home country if possible.

The Dominican Republic is set to play Puerto Rico on Wednesday night in a big matchup between Caribbean powers. The winner advances, while the loser goes home, so a victory by Puerto Rico may make the Jays’ decision to let Gurerro play a moot point.

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