Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be out for at least the next four weeks after he was diagnosed with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.
Guerrero sustained the injury during a game for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday. He later underwent a series of examinations, which revealed the strain. Per the Blue Jays, Guerrero will be "managed conservatively, including initial rest and will be re-evaluated in four weeks post-injury."
The 19-year-old Guerrero is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, trailing only Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. for the No. 1 overall spot. Guerrero was in the midst of a borderline historic season for the Fisher Cats, with a .407/.457/.667 slash line with 11 homers and 55 RBIs in 53 games.
THE SUMMER OF VLADDY IS ON HOLD: #BlueJays top prospect and Double-A New Hampshire #FisherCats star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be out at least four weeks with a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. MORE: https://t.co/BzoPtqq2lI pic.twitter.com/lP1QgOa3iq— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) 10 de junio de 2018
One of the biggest debates surrounding the Blue Jays this season was when Guerrero would get called up to the big leagues. He seemed to be on the verge of an imminent promotion to Triple-A Buffalo, and this injury will be considered a setback. But if Guerrero recovers as expected, there's no reason to believe he won't eventually head to the Bisons before the end of the year.