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MLB trade rumors and news: Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will finally be in the majors on Friday

Toronto’s top prospect will make long-anticipated debut against the Athletics.

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• The long wait is over, as the Blue Jays are promoting third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in baseball as ranked by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, to the majors for Friday night’s game against the Athletics.

• The AL East-leading Rays will be without utility player Joey Wendle for a significant amount of time after he suffered a fractured right wrist in Wednesday afternoon’s loss to the Royals.

• Carlos Martínez was a two-time NL All-Star as a starting pitcher, and he’s served as the Cardinals’ de-facto ace for the last half-decade. But since Martínez has been dealing with shoulder issues for nearly a year now, the team has decided that he will be a reliever upon his return from the injured list, as manager Mike Shildt told reporters Tuesday. The move is an effort to preserve the health of Martínez, who spent three stints on the then-DL last season and has spent all of 2019 to date on the injured list.