Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro must have the Hall and Oates blasting this morning because…
#Bluejays say Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. will be sidelined three weeks with a Grade 1 oblique strain, suffered Friday.
It means he's out for the rest of the Grapefruit League season and will miss Montreal. So at least we won't be talking service time anymore. #LessFunSpringNow
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) March 10, 2019
So, that, ya know, sucks.
Clearly, this is all some elaborate plan by Mark Shapiro, Ross Atkins, Vlad, and Vlad’s agent to keep him down in Buffalo. The Jays front office forced Vlad to suffer this ‘mild’ injury, so that the service time issue will finally be over, which means that we will never have to hear those two dumb words again (until next year when it’s Bo’s turn). The ‘he’s not major league ready’ prospect is now injured – it’s Grade 1 Oblique Strain madness. Here’s where that is located on the body just in case you weren’t sure:
Like all muscle strains, the oblique strain is broken down into three grades. Grade 1 is a mild strain, Grade 2 is a moderate strain and Grade 3 is a severe strain in which the muscle ruptures. While some mild oblique strains can be resolved in just a few days, severe strains can require surgery with a recovery time of 3-4 months.
I say take all the time you need Vlad. It’s not like you were going to be on the Opening Day roster anyway. It’s just really shitty that this had to happen. But, that just seems to be the way things go here in Toronto.
So cue the ‘Vlad needs to hit the treadmill’ jokes. Cue the ‘this is all bullshit’ Vlad conspiracy theories. Cue all the noise. At the end of the day, it’s just really shitty because spring training just got a lot less fun. Cool? Maybe. Super cool? Totally.
Yeah, he’s not debuting until after the Super Two cutoff https://t.co/n8KP3OdZ7z
— Jonah Birenbaum (@birenball) March 10, 2019
All jokes aside, here’s the latest on when we can expect Vlad to return to baseball:
#BlueJays ideal scenario for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is that he resumes some baseball activities in 1-2 weeks and is back to game action in 3 weeks, GM Ross Atkins tells us here in Dunedin.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) March 10, 2019
At least, we have the Anthony Alford storyline to follow for the rest of spring training, right?
— Ryan D (@RyanDifrancesco) March 9, 2019