Rumours swirled Friday afternoon that Tuesday night could be the target date to bring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. up to the majors, but it doesn't seem like that's going to happen according to TSN's Scott Mitchell.
"I'm told it's highly unlikely Vladimir Guerrero jr. is recalled without some sort of injury this weekend in Oakland. 'One per cent chance' is how it was put to me," Mitchell tweeted.
“I’m seeing the ball well. I’m just keeping the same routine and working hard," Guerrero Jr. told reporters Friday.
Whether or not the Jays call-up Guerrero next week is to be determined, but his numbers so far this season have been off the charts.
In nine combined minor league games, the 20-year-old is hitting .344 with two home runs and seven RBI for an OPS of 1.026. After recovering from an oblique injury in early March, he has appeared in four games for High-A Dunedin and five games for Triple-A Buffalo.
Guerrero mashed in 95 games combined at four minor-league levels last season, hitting .381 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI. He also carried a slash line of .381/.437/.636.
Following the regular season, he spent 19 games in the Arizona Fall League with the Surprise Saguaros, hitting .351. with 17 runs driven in.
The Jays will head out west this weekend for a date with the Oakland Athletics before returning home Tuesday to host the San Francisco Giants. The Bisons will play at home Friday and Saturday (double-header) before travelling to Syracuse on Monday.
Marcus Stroman is expected to get the ball for Toronto on Friday night against Aaron Brooks.