Blue Jays’ Guerrero Jr. avoids major hand injury after being hit by pitch

Watch as Vlad Guerrero Jr. is hit in the hand by a fastball that seems to have fazed the Blue Jays’ player. Guerrero Jr. tried to continue on but was later removed from the game.

HOUSTON – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. escaped major injury after being hit on the left hand by a 96.3 m.p.h. fastball from Gerrit Cole, as X-Rays showed no fracture, the Toronto Blue Jays said.

Guerrero was hit during his first plate appearance Friday against the Houston Astros, doubling over in pain after being struck. After being tended to on the field, he took his base and played defence during the bottom half.

But the 20-year-old third baseman left the game the following inning and he underwent further tests. The team said he has a left-hand contusion.

Guerrero entered the game batting .268/.329/.463 and was coming consecutive three-hit nights against the Baltimore Orioles.

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.