Toronto Blue Jays Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (24) was replaced during the game due to knee pain.
Guerrero Jr. started as the first baseman with the third batter before the Tampa Bay Race in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) demonstration game held at TD Ball Park in Florida on the 4th (Korean time).안전놀이터
Guerrero Jr., who appeared at bat with one out and second base in the first inning, summoned second base runner Bo Bissett with a timely hit in the middle of the game. As the ball was thrown home, Guerrero Jr. ran to second base. The problem appears to have occurred in this scene.
Guerrero Jr. came out of the dugout in the second inning and entered the clubhouse with his trainer. After that, he was replaced with Rayner Nunes before the defense in the third inning and ended the game as it was.
In a post-game interview, Toronto coach John Schneider revealed, “We’re seeing how Guerrero Jr. is in. He’s feeling some discomfort in his right knee. We’ll have to see how he is tomorrow.” He added, “Guerrero Jr.’s move to second base was a little awkward. We’ll see how he does tomorrow, but he’s not too concerned.”
Guerrero Jr., Toronto’s signature hitter and MLB’s leading star player, is scheduled to represent the Dominican Republic in the 2023 WBC. The Dominican Republic is considered a strong contender for the championship, but a question mark has arisen about the physical condition of Guerrero Jr., who is about to join the national team. If Guerrero Jr. is absent, there could be a big gap in his power.
On the other hand, MLB.com said, “It is still unknown how the knee problem will affect Guerrero Jr.’s participation in the WBC.” told