Vladdy Jr. will re­join Herd on road

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - By Mike Har­ring­ton

It’s Vladdy Jr. time again for the Buf­falo Bisons.

Third base­man Vladimir Guer­rero Jr., the top prospect in mi­nor league base­ball, is re­port­edly re­join­ing the Herd for its road trip that be­gins tonight at Scranton/WilkesBarre (7:05 p.m., 1520).

Guer­rero has been on in­jury re­hab at Class A Dunedin (Fla.), where he has gone 4 for 15 in four games. He is on the mend from an oblique strain suf­fered March 8 in spring train­ing with the par­ent Toronto Blue Jays. His pro­mo­tion was first re­ported by MLB.com and Sport­snet.

The Bisons have opened their sea­son 2-4 and the fi­nal game of their home­s­tand Wed­nes­day against Paw­tucket was post­poned by cold weather in Sahlen Field. The game will be made up as part of a sin­gle ad­mis­sion dou­ble­header April 29. The Bisons do not re­turn home un­til a two-game se­ries against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre April 19-20.

Guer­rero, who turned 20 on March 16, was the con­sen­sus Mi­nor League Player of the Year last sea­son af­ter bat­ting .381 with 20 homers and 78 RBIs with four Toronto af­fil­i­ates. He hit .336 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 30 games for the Bisons.

Prior to the in­jury, the Blue Jays planned on stash­ing him in Buf­falo for a spell this sea­son to cut his ma­jor­league ser­vice time and push his free agency back a year. The in­jury made that less of an is­sue and Guer­rero is ex­pected to spend a cou­ple of weeks with the Bisons be­fore head­ing to Toronto for his ma­jor-league de­but.

Be­fore Mon­day’s game in Fen­way Park, Blue Jays man­ager Char­lie Mon­toyo said he spoke with Guer­rero over the week­end and told him, “Just stay down there in that nice weather un­til you get good at the plate and feel com­fort­able, and then you’ll go to Buf­falo. That could hap­pen any­time.”

That time is ap­par­ently now.

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