The status of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be one of the most hotly contested Blue Jays storylines this winter. Judging by some of his latest workout videos, it looks like Vladdy’s already well on his way to being in the “best shape of his life.”
Regardless, all eyes will be on the 20-year-old when spring training opens up in late February.
While the Blue Jays never came outright and said it, the team used a load management schedule with Guerrero throughout the 2019 season. For certain stretches, it was used to help ease him back into action after a few injuries. Unlike his counterparts Bo Bichette and Biggio, Guerrero never stationed himself in the field for long stretches.
For anyone who cares to scroll through his entire 2019 schedule, here’s how the Blue Jays structured Guerrero’s on-days/off-days and DH days. Nobody else on the roster had a schedule like this which kept them off the diamond this often.
The Coles Notes version of this schedule is as follows; Guerrero never played more than five consecutive games at third base at any point during the 2019 season. The sixth day was always a “load management” day or a DH day.
Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation