Vladimir Guerrero Jr. picks up hit, scores run in first rehab start

Toronto Blue Jays top-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored in his first rehab start since suffering a knee injury in early June.

Guerrero was batting third and serving as the DH for the GCL Blue Jays of the Gulf Coast League. He was replaced by Jonelvy Molina in the eighth inning.

The GCL Blue Jays beat the GCL Phillies East 8-0.

Blue Jays VP of baseball operations Ben Cherington said recently that Guerrero’s rehab won’t be rushed.

“He may spend some time in [double-A] New Hampshire as he works through that,” Cherington said. “We just want to make sure he’s in the best possible position before he’s introduced to a new challenge, which would be moving up to a new level.”

Guerrero wasn’t the only Blue Jays top prospect making noise for the GCL Blue Jays Friday.

First-round pick Jordan Groshans went 3-4 in the game, with two doubles, five RBIs and a run scored. Groshans joined the GCL Blue Jays on June 18 and has quickly found success at the plate. In 65 at-bats, the 18-year-old infielder is hitting .354/.421/.554 with 23 hits, 24 RBIs and two home runs.

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