Blue Jays: Latest injury updates on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Ricky Tiedemann

Feb 17, 2023; Dunedin, FL, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27)
Feb 17, 2023; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

As we march forward through 2023 Spring Training, the Toronto Blue Jays have been fortunate enough to avoid any serious health scares to any of their big names.

Brandon Belt just recently made his debut after taking his time to recover from last year's knee injury while Alejandro Kirk missed the first week-plus of camp thanks to the birth of his daughter.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been the biggest casualty so far, as he is recovering from minor knee inflammation. He has been kept out of any games and was forced to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic, where he had already been verbally committed to joining the Dominican Republic team.

In the latest health update out of Blue Jays camp, it sounds like Vladdy is nearly ready to return to live games. He had been participating in light baserunning and fielding drills but has not appeared in the last handful of actual Spring Training contests.

Obviously, Guerrero is going to be heavily relied on again in 2023 to carry the Blue Jays to the promised land. He is still just 23-years-old (24 in three days!) and has already established himself as one of the game's most fearsome sluggers.

On the pitching side of things, uber-prospect Ricky Tiedemann is dealing with some soreness in his left shoulder, his throwing arm.

The level of concern around the industry seems to be relatively low here, as this appears to be a matter of fatigue and not anything more serious.

Tiedemann, 20, needs no introduction. The No. 1 prospect in the Blue Jays' system and arguably the top left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball is expected to play a prominent role in the organization this year.

He figures to start the regular season in Triple-A after being nearly unhittable last season in the lower minors. While nothing has been confirmed (and will not be until we get closer to this time), a July or August promotion to the major leagues may not be out of the cards for Tiedemann as the year progresses.

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