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Toronto Blue Jays Provide Injury Updates on Alek Manoah, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Others

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is out of the Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup with a knee contusion, while Alek Manoah, Kevin Gausman and Yariel Rodriguez continue to deal with their own injuries.

The Toronto Blue Jays, who are juggling a handful of injuries to key players with Opening Day two weeks away, provided a handful of status updates on Tuesday.

First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is temporarily out of the lineup with a left knee contusion. As manager John Schneider told Sportsnet’s Arden Zwelling, however, Guerrero has not been sent for imaging and will go through a full workout and the team’s player development complex in Dunedin, Florida.

Guerrero was banged up late last week as well, suffering a jammed finger.

The MLB The Show 24 cover athlete made his third consecutive All-Star appearance last year. He finished 2023 with 26 home runs, 94 RBI, a .264 batting average, a .788 OPS, a 2.0 WAR and a Home Run Derby crown.

On the mound, a trio of Blue Jays pitchers are trying to return from injuries of their own.

Kevin Gausman, who has been dealing with shoulder fatigue, is scheduled to throw a side session Tuesday. Up next will either be live batting practice or a Grapefruit League game, depending on how his bullpen session goes.

Yariel Rodriguez, meanwhile, is set to throw a live batting practice Tuesday as he continues to work his way back from back spasms. He will throw roughly 40 pitches, and Schneider hopes the 26-year-old Cuban hurler will next take the mound for his Spring Training debut.

Schneider’s update on Alek Manoah wasn’t as concrete, as he did not provide a timetable for his return. The right-hander, who is also dealing with shoulder soreness, is still playing catch, though.

Gausman ranks third in all of baseball with 95 starts over the last three seasons, placing top-10 in Cy Young voting all three years while making two All-Star appearances. Manoah looked like he would join Gausman as a true ace following his standout rookie campaign in 2021 and All-Star appearance in 2022, but his production dropped off a cliff in 2023.

Rodriguez was one of Toronto’s top free agent additions this winter, and he has a few weeks left of Spring Training to prove he is worth a big league roster spot right off the bat.

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