Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was removed from Saturday’s game against the Mariners with left knee discomfort, per a team announcement. He’s expected to undergo further evaluation; until then, the severity of his injury or a timeline for his return to the lineup has yet to be revealed.
It’s not clear exactly when or why Guerrero began feeling pain in his knee, but he was pulled at the top of the third inning after making several defensive plays and grounding out in his lone at-bat. Following his departure, Brandon Drury entered the game to cover for Guerrero at the hot corner.
The 20-year-old rookie has gotten off to an explosive start in the majors this season. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .274/.345/.464 with 14 home runs, 54 RBI, and an .809 OPS across 386 plate appearances.
The Mets and Astros have announced that they’ve completed a trade. The Mets will get outfielder Jake Marisnick from the Astros in exchange for outfielder Kenedy Corona and lefty Blake Taylor.
Marisnick, a seven-year big league veteran, has never hit all that much — his career line is .227/.280/.380 — but he’s a very strong defender at all three outfield positions and can run a good bit. That makes him a decent bench option at least. To the extent the Mets rely on him to be more than a bench guy they’ll get diminishing returns, but the Astros used him a good deal more than your standard 4-5th outfielder and that worked out fine. Really, having a no-hit, plus-defending center fielder is something that even contenders can deal with, even if you’d like some more offense.
Taylor is organizational depth. He turns 25 next season and has only pitched 50 innings above A-ball. Corona was an international signee last year so he’s not near contributing to a contender like Houston.