Vlad makes debut at Triple-A Las Vegas

Vlad makes debut at Triple-A Las Vegas

Vlad makes debut at Triple-A Las Vegas
TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero made his debut for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday night by going 1-for-5 with a double.

The veteran designated hitter also just missed a home run to straightaway center field in his first at-bat and continues to receive rave reviews from the Blue Jays' Minor League developmental system.

"His timing was consistent with what was the case in Dunedin," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

Guerrero, who signed a Minor League contract in early May, is currently in the process of working himself back to the Major Leagues. The process originally began at extended spring training before he advanced to Class A Dunedin.

The 37-year-old went 9-for-20 with four homers and eight RBIs in four games with Dunedin before getting a promotion to the Pacific Coast League. That was the number of at-bats the Blue Jays deemed necessary before Guerrero could make the next step, but there is no such timetable for his time with the 51s.

"We haven't set that number, but if you use Spring Training as a guide, we typically target 50-60 at-bats," Farrell said. "Then the next question is, well do you count extended spring or do you count just the at-bats in Dunedin? Bottom line is there is no end date to say it's time to come or we've made the evaluation. We're not at that point yet."

Guerrero could join the Blue Jays on Tuesday in Chicago, but Farrell appeared to rule that out by saying whatever roster move is made before the series likely will involve a position player with defensive versatility.

A Dominican native, Guerrero appeared in 145 games with the Orioles last season and hit .290 with 13 home runs, 63 RBIs and a .733 OPS.