Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., baseball’s top-ranked prospect, suffered a left oblique strain and will need at least three weeks to recover, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.
Guerrero was reportedly injured during a spring training game on Friday.
The three-week time frame effectively makes it near certain he’ll be left off the Opening Day roster.
Guerrero, who turns 20 on March 16, spent time last season at Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. He is the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.
In 61 games in New Hampshire, the younger Guerrero batted .402 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs. After his promotion to Buffalo, he hit .336 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 30 games.
The Blue Jays will gain a year of service time should he spend 15 days in the minors before being called up. Had he not been injured, the team likely would have been criticized if it had left him off the roster to ensure the extra year of control.
It is expected the Blue Jays will call him up to the majors at some point in 2019.
Guerrero Jr. was hitting .211 with no home runs over 19 at-bats before he was injured.
–Field Level Media