Toronto calling up Vlad Jr.
The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before Friday’s game against the Oakland Athletics.
Manager Charlie Montoyo announced the move after Toronto lost to San Francisco 4-0 on Wednesday. The Blue Jays are off Thursday.
“Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become,” Montoyo said of Guerrero, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.
Toronto has yet to announce a corresponding roster move.
Major League Baseball’s Twitter feed posted an image of Guerrero swinging Toronto’s landmark CN Tower as if it were a baseball bat, under the caption, “It’s happening!”
Guerrro went 2 for 5 with a home run for Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. It marked the first time he had played three consecutive games at Buffalo. Guerrero missed the start of the season after an oblique injury in spring training.
Guerrero hit .367 with three homers and eight RBIs in eight games at Triple-A.
Following their weekend series with the Athletics, the Blue Jays head to Los Angeles to face the Angels, the team Guerrero’s father starred with for six seasons.
Brewers getting help
NEW YORK — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that pitcher Gio Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract guaranteeing the 33-year-old left-hander $2 million.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced.
Gonzalez was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA last season for Washington and Milwaukee, which acquired him on Aug. 31. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch.
He can earn an additional $2 million in performance bonuses bases on a system of two points for each pitching appearance of three or more innings and one for each of less than three innings. He would get $333,333 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40 points, and $333,334 apiece for 45 and 50.
Gonzalez was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts and 15 innings with the Yankees’ Triple-A team at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Under the terms of his deal with New York, he exercised his right Saturday to ask the Yankees to put him on the big league roster or release him within 48 hours, and New York released him on Monday.
Ready to go
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs said ace left-hander Jon Lester is set to start tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers after being sidelined because of a strained left hamstring.
Manager Joe Maddon says the veteran will be limited to about 75-80 pitches in his first outing since April 8, when he was hurt running the bases in the home opener against Pittsburgh. Lester is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts.
The Cubs will go with Kyle Hendricks, Yu Darvish and Jose Quintana in the three-game series at Arizona that starts on Friday.
Not that bad
CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is not expected to miss any time with a left leg injury the team initially feared was serious.
Carrasco was hurt Tuesday night while covering first base in the fourth inning against Miami. He stumbled and fell as he attempted to catch an off-target throw from first baseman Carlos Santana. Carrasco did a somersault and got up with a slight limp.
He finished the inning but was replaced when the leg tightened up while the Indians batted. Carrasco had an MRI after the game and it didn’t show any damage.
The Indians are optimistic he’ll make his next scheduled start.
Cleveland couldn’t afford to lose Carrasco, a 17-game winner last season, for any period. The team is already without starter Mike Clevinger, who is expected to miss another two months with a strained upper back muscle.