It seems the Toronto Blue Jays will not have to deal with service time issues with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The best baseball prospect has put his oblique muscle to the test during a game on Friday and will be out of at least three weeks, his chief executive Ross Atkins announced Sunday.
To retain control of the Guerrero team for another year, the Jays should have kept him in the miners for 15 days to start the season. After hitting .381 with 20 homers and 78 RBIs as he climbed four levels of minor league balls last year, the move would have been widely criticized.
The Cubs faced the same criticisms when they retained Kris Bryant in his rookie season in 2015. The MLB Players' Association reportedly closely monitored Guerrero's situation.
Third baseman Guerrero, 19, strikes for .211 without a landmark and a point produced this spring. He worked on his conditioning.
The approximate three weeks of recovery would include the rest of the grapefruit league calendar, the Blue Jays' show series against the Milwaukee Brewers in Montreal – where Guerrero was born – and the opening day of the regular season.
The information provided by The Associated Press has been used in this report.