“A Huge Blow..”: Fresh Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Update Leaves Dominican Republic Fans Glum Ahead of World Baseball Classic 2023

Published 03/05/2023, 6:01 AM EST

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With the World Baseball Classic set to begin in just a few days, baseball fans are getting hyped. Several top MLB stars are going to represent their home nations at the tournament. One such star was none other than Vladimir Guerrero Jr., first baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays until an uncalled injury came into the scenario. Notably, Guerrero Jr. was all set to represent the Dominican Republic at the Classic tournament. 

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The Blue Jays slugger was one of the most exciting stars suiting up for the competition following a great 2022 season. But the latest update on the Blue Jays star has left fans disappointed and upset. 

Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. pulls out of the World Baseball Classic due to an injury

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Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. suffered a right knee injury during a recent Spring Training game. Luckily for the Blue Jays, the injury doesn’t seem too serious. But unluckily for baseball fans, he has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic. Guerrero Jr. was going to represent the Dominican Republic at the tournament but will now miss it. Fox Sports: MLB reported the news via Twitter. 

In a Tweet, Fox Sports: MLB said, “Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will no longer play in the World Baseball Classic due to his right knee injury. per @longleysunsport.” This is a huge blow for the Dominican Republic at first base. 

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Fans have reacted to the news with disappointment and shock. They expressed their devastation at Guerrero Jr.’s injury. They were also upset about him missing the tournament.

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It will be interesting to see how the Dominican Republic fares without the Blue Jays star. They are still stacked with stars such as Manny Machado, Rafael Devers, and Juan Soto suiting up for them. But their first base position is a bit shaky now. As the MLB season draws closer, it makes sense for Guerrero Jr. to focus on recovering. The Blue Jays will need his talent during the upcoming season. 

The Blue Jays will depend on Guerrero Jr. to make a run in the AL East

The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off a 92-win season, led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base. They will need their franchise star healthy as they aim to win the AL East for the first time in 15 years. The Blue Jays have made some additions this off-season and look set to compete.

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Luckily, Guerrero Jr.’s injury does not seem that serious and he should be healed soon. What do you think of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. pulling out of the World Baseball Classic? Please share your thoughts below.

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Pranay Mukherjee

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Pranay Mukherjee is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. On completing his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication, he followed his passion for writing and started working as a content writer. His passion for sports has led him to sports journalism.
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