Here's what Vladimir Guerrero Jr. did when he returned to the game
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made a comeback in a Major League Baseball's Grapefruit League game on Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla., and he can say mission accomplished.
Having had to forfeit participation in the World Classic with the Dominican Republic due to an inflammation in the right knee that appeared on March 3, the right-handed hitter had one hit in three at bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Blue Jays took the opportunity to win 7 to 1.
“I like what I've seen so far. I believe that each of us has a goal, and that is to go for the win every game. Especially this week while I was away, I had time to see everyone and see them play. I realized that we had a good team. I can't wait to win games here,” he said through an interpreter, according to the Major League Baseball website.
Facing starter JT Brubaker in the third inning, Guerrero Jr. helped a two-run push on a double pushing Whit Merrifield to home plate after two outs.
His initial turn at bat hit the trails following a poor throw from third baseman Rodolfo Castro. In the fifth, Guerrero Jr. hit a fly ball to right field before being replaced on defense by John Aiello early in the sixth.
The knee is fine
Since the start of training camp, the 23-year-old has hit a .308 home run and six RBIs. His knee seems well recovered, and he is even considering representing the Dominican Republic at the World Classic. However, he will need the blessing of manager John Schneider, who could remain cautious.
“I will take it one day at a time, explained Guerrero Jr. It's gonna depend on how I feel. Right now, I'm fine. I don't know how I'm going tomorrow so I can't answer that right away,”
Kevin Gausman was impressive for the Jays on the mound allowing just two hits and two on. balls in three and a third innings. He also struck out seven men to record his first victory of the preseason schedule.
On offense, Merrifield and Phil Clarke drove in two runs each, while LJ Talley homered.< /p>