By Mike Pesarchick
News Sports Reporter
Buffalo Bisons star third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been the subject of heavy speculation regarding when he will be called up to the major leagues.
Guerrero made it clear at a Friday press conference; it’s “obvious” he’s ready to play for the Toronto Blue Jays, but until the call comes he just wants to “play hard and give 100 percent every day.”
Speaking through a translator before the Bisons’ game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out, Guerrero made it clear that he was “not frustrated” that he was still playing Triple-A ball and that he “continues to work hard.”
He also mentioned that he has personally not had any communication with Toronto. Guerrero’s agents handle talks between the 20-year-old and the Blue Jays.
Guerrero has gotten his season off to a strong start. He’s batting .412 with seven hits in 17 at-bats.
One of his two homers ended up in the parking lot of Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium on Wednesday.
Guererro missed all of spring training with a strained oblique and has yet to play three consecutive games this spring, thanks to both poor weather and concerns from team officials that he might re-injure his oblique.
Friday’s rainout will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Sahlen Field on June 3. The teams will play a scheduled doubleheader this afternoon beginning at 1:05 p.m. The giveaway of Guerrero Jr. posters to the first 4,000 fans scheduled for Friday will now be today.