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Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. pulls out of WBC due to knee issue

Guerrero Jr. was slated to represent the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic.

Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won't participate in the World Baseball Classic. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won't participate in the World Baseball Classic. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won't play for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic due to a knee injury.

Guerrero Jr. left Friday's spring training game early and an MRI revealed some minor inflammation in his right knee but no structural concerns. He is considered day-to-day and Toronto will take every precaution to protect its superstar ahead of the 2023 season.

"I think putting the team at the forefront is what drove him," Blue Jays manager John Schneider told reporters on Saturday, per Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling. "He's frustrated he can't play.