The other day Toronto Blue Jays say prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. left a game early with an unspecified leg injury that, at the time, was considered to be a minor aggravation of a preexisting thing. Initial reports were that Guerrero would be day-to-day and probably wouldn’t miss much time.
So much for that: the Jays now say he will miss at least four weeks because of a strained patellar tendon in his left knee.
That certainly stinks, as Guerrero was tearing up Double-A ball and forcing the Blue Jays to at least begin to reconsider their somewhat deliberate approach to the phenom who, in most other organizations would likely have been moved up to Triple-A already. Indeed, he’s hitting .407/.457/.667 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 53 games this season.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.