ATLANTA – Vladimir Guerrero Jr., faces an important test Wednesday when he is scheduled to do some baserunning, a step that will help the Toronto Blue Jays evaluate when the teenager widely considered baseball’s top prospect is cleared for a return to game action.

Where he plays once ready became the subject of some intrigue, as the Toronto Sun reported Tuesday that he will be promoted from double-A New Hampshire to triple-A Buffalo upon his return from a patellar tendon strain in his left knee.

While industry sources described that as a possibility under consideration, the 19-year-old could just as easily start at another level to get his feet under him, too.

That was manager John Gibbons’ sense, as well.

“Eventually he’s going to get there (to triple-A),” Gibbons said. “But I would think he’s going to have to play some in double-A to get back on track.”

Guerrero left an early June game after landing on first base awkwardly, returned a few days later but exited that contest after a slide into second base.

At the time of his injury, he was batting .407/.457/.667 with 11 homers and 20 walks against 21 …read more



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