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Donaldson, Stroman, Guerrero: Blue Jays injury update

There’s a lot of news.

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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Aledmys Diaz throws out New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Rogers Centre.
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The Toronto Blue Jays lost last night, but before the game, a plethora of injury updates made Toronto’s future look at least a smidgen brighter.

  • Josh Donaldson, sidelined with left calf tightness, is continuing with his regular hitting and throwing routines, both of which he did yesterday. He’ll begin running when he doesn’t show any symptoms (thanks to Laura Armstrong of the Toronto Star for adding “asymptomatic” to my vocabulary).
  • Steve Pearce hit off a tee and did a soft toss today. He’ll continue to hit and throw for the rest of this week.
  • Marcus Stroman, recovering from shoulder inflammation, threw a live batting practice session on Tuesday. With a minor-league team that has yet to be decided, Stroman will throw three innings later this week in a game.
  • Troy Tulowitzki will continue jogging and fielding, but it doesn’t look like he’s started hitting yet.
  • Dalton Pompey, expected to miss three weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb, hasn’t made any progressions; he’ll be reevaluated in three weeks.
  • And, the update you’ve been waiting for: Vladimir Guerrero got back into game action Tuesday with the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats after missing a few games with a lower body injury. Guerrero didn’t have a hit, but collected an RBI, in four at-bats. “I’ve never seen people so excited about the minor league injuries,” John Gibbons said in a pregame interview Tuesday.

Regarding Guerrero, the Blue Jays have discussed bringing him up to triple-A within the next month. Although this is kind of noteworthy (it’s probably the first public indication we’ve received that Toronto is considering it), it really shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“Wow, the Blue Jays have had a conversation about moving one of the best minor leaguers in the world up a level!” Not too surprising.