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.