Today, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that Vladimir Guerrero has been promoted from Single-A Dunedin to Triple-A Las Vegas, as reported by sportsnet.ca.
The 37-year-old future Hall of Famer seems to be getting his game back on track.
After playing four games in Single-A ball, Guerrero hit four home runs and contributed eight RBI. As mentioned by TSN.ca, he will be joining the Las Vegas 51s in time to play in their Saturday game against Reno and will hopefully bring a hot bat with him.
Originally not destined to be back into the Majors until the middle of June at the earliest, Guerrero seems to be ahead of the rough timetable set by Blue Jays manager John Farrell. He tells Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com:
"I'll tell you this, it has quickly shortened that up based on how he feels," Farrell said of Guerrero. “Just by the way he is taking BP, how he's gone about his work, how he feels physically."
The Blue Jays signed Guerrero on May 10th to a minor league contract that is pro-rated should he make it back into the big leagues and crack the Blue Jays lineup.
Guerrero, a former MLB All-Star, is only 51 home runs away from reaching the 500 plateau and is working hard to get back to the level that will allow him to reach that goal.
Even though Guerrero has been putting in the extra effort down in the minors to play the field, Jays manager John Farrell tells Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com not to look too far into it:
"Probably more DH, and I think the fact he's playing the outfield is more just to get his body into overall shape," Farrell said. "Get his legs under him and just get back to baseball activity."
The Jays on the other hand continue their homestand tonight with a weekend matchup against the Boston Red Sox.