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Vlad Guerrero Jr. moving closer to potential appearance with Bisons

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., baseball's top prospect, is one step closer to potentially playing for the Buffalo Bisons.

Guerrero will be activated Thursday for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the start of a four-game series. If all goes well with his continued return from a knee injury, he could potentially be promoted to the Bisons.

The Bisons open a four-game series with Durham on Thursday and then do not return home until July 30.

Guerrero, 19, has destroyed Double-A pitching this year and was probably a few days away from joining the Herd before suffering a strained patella tendon in early June. Before the injury, Guerrero was batting .407 in 53 games this season, with 11 homers and 55 RBIs. He has a .457 on-base percentage, a .667 slugging percentage and a stunning OPS of 1.124. He reached base in 50 of 53 games and has shown remarkable plate discipline for a young player, with just 21 strikeouts and 20 walks in 224 plate appearances.

Guerrero was at Toronto's complex in Dunedin, Fla., for rehab and then began a rehab assignment Friday with the Blue Jays' Gulf Coast League team. He was reinstated from the disabled list Tuesday and assigned to Dunedin in the Florida State League. He went 2-for-4 and a double and two RBI.

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