Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic due to right knee discomfort, the team said Saturday.
Guerrero suffered the injury while running the bases during the first inning of Friday’s spring training game. After an RBI single, he later went awkwardly into second base. Guerrero played the field in the second inning before walking toward the clubhouse with an athletic trainer. He was replaced defensively to start the third.
Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Saturday that Guerrero had minor inflammation in the knee, but an MRI didn’t reveal any structural concerns.
The slugger hit .274 with 32 homers and 97 RBIs in 160 games last year.
Guerrero was scheduled to leave the Blue Jays after Sunday’s game to join the Dominican Republic team. They open the World Baseball Classic against Venezuela on March 11.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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