TORONTO -- Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero reported to the Blue
Jays Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., on Tuesday morning.
Guerrero, who recently signed a Minor League deal, was scheduled to
undergo a physical before getting onto the field for the first time.
The 37-year-old veteran isn't expected to be ready for a promotion to
the Major Leagues until at least June. First, the club needs to see what
kind of shape Guerrero is in and then eventually get him into some
Minor League games before taking the next step.
There are no guarantees Guerrero will even crack the big league roster,
but considering the club's recent offensive woes at the plate, he is one
internal candidate that has been openly discussed by the Blue Jays
"I think there are frequent conversations on how we can improve the
team," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "One would have his name in
it, one would have other names in it. I wouldn't pinpoint it to the
time when Vlad is Major League ready.
"The one thing that I will say to that is that there are ongoing
conversations that we look for ways to best improve where we are
Guerrero, who is a nine-time All-Star, spent last season in Baltimore.
He hit .290 with 13 home runs and 63 RBIs while posting a career-low