notebook: Guerrero Jr. set for Jays debut
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[April 25, 2019]
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is getting
his long-awaited call-up to the majors.
Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters following Blue Jays'
Wednesday loss to the San Francisco Giants that Guerrero, the
top-ranked prospect in all of baseball by most scouting services,
will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo to make his major league
debut Friday at home against the Oakland A's.
Guerrero, who plays third base, went 2-for-5 with a home run and a
pair of runs scored against Syracuse on Wednesday. In 12 minor
league games this season, the 20-year-old is batting .333
(14-for-45) with three home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs.
Guerrero's father, Vladimir, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of
Fame last year. The elder Guerrero, 44, played 16 seasons in the
majors, primarily with the Montreal Expos and Anaheim/Los Angeles
Angels. He was a nine-time All-Star and the 2004 American League
Most Valuable Player.
The news also comes on a day when the Blue Jays held shortstop
Freddy Galvis held out of the game, ending his
consecutive-games-played streak at 349. That was the longest active
streak in baseball. With Thursday an off day, the club has an extra
day to decide whether Galvis, who left the Sunday game in Oakland
after trying to field a grounder, will go on the injured list.
--The Milwaukee Brewers agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract
with free agent left-hander Gio Gonzalez, The Athletic's Ken
The deal includes $2 million in performance bonuses for the
33-year-old veteran, who was released from his minor league contract
with the New York Yankees on Monday.
Last season, Gonzalez joined Milwaukee in an Aug. 31 trade with
Washington and went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five regular-season
starts. He also allowed two runs on three hits in three innings
against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship
Series. The two-time All-Star is 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 big
--Tampa Bay Rays infielder Joey Wendle suffered a fractured right
wrist when he was hit by pitch by Kansas City left-hander Jake
Diekman in the sixth inning.
Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters after the contest that there
wasn't yet a timetable for Wendle's return. Wendle returned to
active duty on Sunday after missing 17 games with a hamstring
Wendle is batting .136 in eight games this season. Last year, Wendle
batted .300 with seven homers and 61 RBIs in 139 games.
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Blue Jays infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) runs home during the
second inning against the New York Yankees at Dunedin Stadium.
Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
--Infielder Daniel Murphy, out since breaking his left index finger
in the second game of the season, was activated from the 20-day
injured list by the Colorado Rockies.
He went 1-for-4 with a walk, a strikeout and a run scored in the
Rockies' 9-5 victory over Washington, with whom Murphy played for
two-plus seasons. He signed a two-year, $24 million contract with
the Rockies in December.
Murphy is a .299 career hitter with 122 homers and 641 RBIs over 11
seasons with the New York Mets (2008-15), Nationals (2016-18) and
Chicago Cubs (2018).
--The New York Yankees activated catcher Gary Sanchez from the
10-day injured list in time for the team's game against the Los
Angeles Angels. He was placed on the IL with a calf strain April 12.
The club also demoted right-handed reliever Chad Green and catcher
Kyle Higashioka to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and promoted
left-hander Stephen Tarpley from the same affiliate.
Sanchez is hitting .268 with six home runs and 11 RBIs this season,
although he also has four throwing errors. The Yankees' injured list
still includes names such as outfielders Aaron Judge, Giancarlo
Stanton and Aaron Hicks, and right-hander Luis Severino.
--The Seattle Mariners acquired right-hander Mike Wright from the
Baltimore Orioles for minor league infielder Ryne Ogren.
Wright, 29, was designated for assignment by Baltimore on Sunday
after going 0-1 with one save and a 9.45 ERA in 10 relief
appearances. In five seasons with the Orioles, Wright compiled a
10-12 record with a 5.95 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 242 innings.
Ogren is batting .146 with one home run and three RBIs in 11 games
at Class-A West Virginia.
--Field Level Media
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