Last week, we highlighted Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., who has been lighting up Double-A pitching. Jays fans have been wondering if Guerrero might be playing well enough to warrant a promotion to the majors. On Monday, Guerrero took advantage of the fervor and trolled everyone into thinking he was being called up.
Guerrero posted a picture on Instagram this afternoon with the geolocation tag for John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. The Jays happen to open up a short two-game series in Queens against the Mets on Tuesday. Cue the hype.
As MLB.com’s Cespedes Family BBQ noted, Guerrero shortly thereafter removed the geolocation tag for JFK airport, adding yet more intrigue.
It turns out that Guerrero had actually posted that photo back in December, as Sportsnet’s Faizal Khamisa pointed out. It appears Guerrero then deleted the original photo from his Instagram. Guerrero has since deleted today’s post that inspired all of the detective work.
A+ trolling game, Vlad. A+.
Update, 7:49 PM ET: The Nationals placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles injury. In a corresponding move, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Double-A Potomac.
Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick was removed from the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers after injuring his right leg. In the eighth inning, Kendrick tracked a Max Muncy sac fly to the wall, but landed strangely on his right leg and fell to the ground. Unable to put weight on it, he was forced to exit the field on a cart and was sent to undergo an MRI soon afterward, the results of which have yet to be revealed.
While the Nationals have not specified the nature or severity of Kendrick’s injury, Martinez revealed that it’s located in the “lower part” of the outfielder’s leg and appears to be quite severe. He’ll likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the next couple of days, though the recovery process could take even longer.
Prior to the incident, Kendrick was off to a hot start this season. Entering Saturday’s doubleheader, he carried a batting line of .302/.331/.477 with 18 extra-base hits and an .808 OPS in 157 plate appearances. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday with a base hit in the seventh inning. Andrew Stevenson subbed in for Kendrick following the injury and has been tabbed to start in left field for the second game of the doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET.