Spring Training for 2017, which opens tomorrow, will start relatively “injury free” according to a recent review of the league’s injury reports. Only two players currently on Bull League team rosters are unhealthy, though several players on minor league contracts are listed as unavailable.
The Chicoutimi Cinquantes in the Lake League’s East division will start spring without backup 1B-man David Guerrero. The 25-year-old from Los Angeles played just 9 games last season, hitting a paltry .139 with 2 homers. He will join camp but is listed as day-to-day with flu-like symptoms. Guerrero has struggled to launch so far, since being drafted in the 1st round of the 2013 amateur free agent draft, but showed promising talent at the AA and AAA levels since 2015. His big-league debut was in 2015 but he finished that season with just a .243 average, 3 homers and 11 RBIs after appearing in 20 games.
The only other Bull League player suffering from health concerns right now is Olean Oilers starting pitcher Alejandro Dominguez, whose 2016 AAA season was cut short due to a torn UCL last August He had Tommy John surgery and is expected to be available for rehab by August of this year. Though he was brought up to the Oilers roster, the hard-throwing right-hander remains on a minor league contract and doesn’t technically count as a major-level player, though he is on the 40-man roster.
The Boston Brawlers AAA affiliate, the Laval Zebras, have one pitcher out with injury. LHP Sincere Gilmore tore a rotator cuff last June, and is not expected to be healthy until July. No other AAA rostered players are currently injured.