04/24 20:11 CDT LEADING OFF: Guerrero to majors; Gonzalez back to Brewers
LEADING OFF: Guerrero to majors; Gonzalez back to Brewers
By The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his much-anticipated major league debut.
The Toronto Blue Jays will promote their promising slugger before Friday's game
against the Oakland Athletics, manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday.
Guerrero, 20-year-old son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, was the consensus
top-ranked prospect in baseball entering this season. He missed the start of
the season after an oblique injury in spring training and played eight games
for Triple-A Buffalo, batting .367 with three homers and eight RBIs. "Hopefully
he becomes what everybody thinks he can become," Montoyo said.
HELP IS ON THE WAY
With the Brewers' starters struggling, the defending NL Central champions have
turned to a familiar face. Milwaukee has agreed to a one-year contract with
left-hander Gio Gonzlez, a person familiar with the negotiations told The
Associated Press. The person, who said the contract will guarantee Gonzlez $2
million, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the
agreement had not been announced. The 33-year-old Gonzlez was 10-11 with a
4.21 ERA last season for Washington and Milwaukee, which acquired him on Aug.
31. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch. Milwaukee
starters have gone 8-7 with a 5.84 ERA this season, and it's the only team in
the NL whose starters average less than five innings per game. Zach Davies on
April 13 was the last Brewers pitcher to turn in a quality start.
Cleveland begins a four-game series at Houston on Thursday night, the Indians'
first crack at the Astros since Houston's three-game sweep in last year's AL
Division Series. Trevor Bauer (2-1, 2.20 ERA) starts for Cleveland in the
opener. Gerrit Cole (1-3, 5.22), who got tagged for nine runs, eight earned, in
4 1/3 innings in his previous start, takes the mound for Houston. The Astros
won 10 consecutive games earlier this month to get back near the top of the AL
West, and Cleveland ended a three-game losing streak --- and got four RBIs from
slumping leadoff man Jose Ramirez --- with a victory over Miami on Wednesday.
Shohei Ohtani won't be a two-way player this year, but he's on track to get
back in the Angels' lineup soon. Last year's AL Rookie of the Year, who's
coming off Tommy John surgery and won't pitch again until 2020, made four plate
appearances Wednesday in a simulated game. Ohtani is expected to face about a
week of live pitching before he rejoins the Angels, who have long projected
that he would return as their designated hitter in early May.
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