The Blue Jays obtained about the very best information they might have hoped for on star slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – he received’t be out long-term with a knee situation.
“They obtained the MRI on me, it’s nothing main, just a bit little bit of irritation on my knee,” Guerrero stated by an interpreter earlier than Sunday’s sequence finale 7-Zero loss towards Seattle on the Rogers Centre.
The rookie third baseman had left the day before today’s sport after lunging to area a floor ball.
“I felt a bit of tweak on that play with me and (shortstop Bo Bichette),” Guerrero stated. “Spoke with the trainers between innings, I felt a bit of bit uncomfortable. They simply wish to be cautious. I really feel lots higher right this moment, we’re simply going to be cautious about it and after I’m able to go, I’m able to go.”
Guerrero has been on a tear on the plate in current weeks, inserting himself again into the rookie of the yr race, and for the reason that damage is a minor one, he ought to be capable of keep in competition. Extra importantly, he injured the identical knee final season however stated this isn’t the identical in any respect.
“It was completely completely different from final yr, like, I wouldn’t be standing right here (speaking to the media) if it was the one final yr,” he stated. “I couldn’t even stroll final yr just about. I’m good, it’s one thing I simply wish to be cautious about, all of us wish to be cautious about it and hopefully I’ll be again within the lineup quickly.”
Guerrero wouldn’t put a exact timetable on his return, however stated he likes to really feel wholesome and free to go laborious when he’s taking part in so each time that’s the case once more, he’ll be on the sphere.
“We’ll see how he feels on Tuesday, if he can play or not,” stated a relieved Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo afterward Sunday.
Toronto has Monday off earlier than beginning a sequence towards the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
MARINERS POWER UP
Seattle took a second straight sport from the Jays because of a dominant pitching efficiency and a few highly effective swings.
The Mariners hit three house runs within the first 4 innings in help of Yusei Kikuchi and 4 in all, whereas Toronto, lacking high hitters Guerrero and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. attributable to damage, couldn’t get something going within the shutout loss.
Brandon Drury doubled, Randal Grichuk singled and Rowdy Tellez drew a stroll. In any other case, the left-hander saved the Jays hitters off-balance and off the bases.
Seattle’s defence was additionally sturdy behind Kikuchi, making a number of good performs which Montoyo stated later helped stamp out any potential Toronto circulation.
“We hit some balls laborious at individuals (and Seattle made the performs) and that kills momentum,” Montoyo stated. “Our method (on the plate) wasn’t that nice right this moment, however you already know, I don’t wish to take any credit score away from what he did.”
Third baseman Kyle Seager continued his Rogers Centre dominance together with his second house run in two days to steer off the second and that was all the assistance Kikuchi wanted. Austin Nola and Tom Murphy each homered within the fourth off of Thomas Pannone, who had changed opener Wilmer Font.
Font struck out three in his two innings and gave up three hits, together with the Seager homer. Seager has now hit safely in 22 of his final 23 video games, together with 12 in a row. Seager has 10 house runs and 15 extra-base hits at Rogers Centre in 30 video games.
Kikuchi improved to 5-Eight within the longest begin of his profession. He had by no means earlier than lasted longer than 7.2 innings and he had surrendered no less than 5 earned runs in three of his previous 5 begins. Kikuchi had allowed no less than one house run in seven straight appearances and opponents have been hitting .293 towards him heading in, however the Jays didn’t come near hitting one out on this one. Kikuchi struck out eight Jays.
RIGHT PLAY WAS MADE
There was some preliminary social media debate about whether or not Guerrero ought to have tried to go for the ball that led to his damage on Saturday, however the Jays didn’t agree with any of that speak.
“Each time the third baseman can get to it, they should go get to it,” Bichette stated. “I’m working away from first base and he’s working (towards) it, so when he referred to as me off, it’s his ball.”
Added Motoyo: “That’s a tricky play for the shortstop, so any time a 3rd baseman can get in entrance of him and get it that’s higher and that’s what Vladdy tried to do on that play.”
Whereas Angels followers get to see the Blue Jays yearly, Dodgers followers can’t say the identical, no less than if they’re at Dodgers Stadium. Tuesday will likely be Toronto’s first go to there since June of 2007. The 2 groups additionally met on the Rogers Centre that very same month in 2007 and the Dodgers have been on the town twice since then (in 2013 and 2016). How lengthy has it been for the reason that Jays visited Chavez Ravine? Nicely, the late Roy Halladay was the final pitcher to win there, per baseball-reference.com.