Vladimir Guerrero Jr. speaks with David Ortiz, shares encouraging update on Red Sox legend


Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is in town this weekend as the Blue Jays begin a three-game series vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The 20-year-old phenom's first order of business upon arrival in Boston was checking in with family friend David Ortiz, who was shot in the Dominican Republic on June 9. Guerrero's relationship with Ortiz goes back to when both the former Red Sox slugger and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. were in the prime of their respective baseball careers.

“We have a great relationship,” Guerrero Jr. said before Friday's game through a translator, per Jessica Camerato of MLB.com. “Actually, this morning I spoke with David and there is a chance tomorrow I will go to see him.”

Ortiz continues to recover at Mass General Hospital from his two surgeries, but his condition was upgraded to "good" on Wednesday. Vlad Jr. provided another encouraging update on Big Papi's health.

“Thank God, he sounds very good,” Guerrero Jr. said. “He feels very well right now. And that’s all the Dominican wants and all baseball wants, is for him to feel very well.”

On Wednesday, Dominican officials insisted Ortiz was not the intended target in the shooting and the attack was meant to be on his friend, Sixto David Fernandez.

After getting off to a slow start to his rookie season, Vlad Jr. is beginning to come into his own. The young slugger entered Friday's game hitting .249 with seven home runs and 19 RBI.

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