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Vlad Guerrero Jr. out three weeks with oblique strain


Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports that baseball’s top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., has suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain. It apparently occurred in Friday’s game. Davidi says that the Blue Jays estimate that Guerrero will need three weeks to recover.

And with that, Guerrero’s spring training is effectively over. He’ll likely need to sit a bit at the beginning of the season and the Jays will, no doubt, have him get back up to game speed in the minors after he gets a clean bill of health.

And, in so doing, will no longer have to answer questions as to their motivations for keeping him off the big league roster.

Brewers move into tie with Nationals for first NL Wild Card

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The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.

During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.

The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.