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Prospect Gurriel will get time at SS upon return

Blue Jays infielder dealing with minor hamstring issue
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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said there's a good chance that infielder Lourdes Gurriel will appear in a game over the weekend as he recovers from a minor hamstring issue.

Gibbons said the hamstring, which was "tweaked" Saturday, isn't a concern, but they are being cautious with the 23-year-old prospect.

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said there's a good chance that infielder Lourdes Gurriel will appear in a game over the weekend as he recovers from a minor hamstring issue.

Gibbons said the hamstring, which was "tweaked" Saturday, isn't a concern, but they are being cautious with the 23-year-old prospect.

When Gurriel returns to the field, it's likely the Blue Jays will continue to take a look at him as a shortstop. He could have a full season at the position in Class A Advanced Dunedin this year.

"That's the plan, he's going to play [shortstop]," Gibbons said. "I think he's probably going to the Florida State League and play shortstop and the guys can evaluate him and see if it's the best fit. Probably put him anywhere in the infield, and there's been some talk that he could probably play some outfield."

Gurriel has been projected to play anywhere from third base, second base to the corner outfield, but Gibbons said Gurriel's athletic upside is so high it's worth the time to see if he can play at short.

"Normally you take your top athletes and play them at short, just in case there's a chance they can do that," Gibbons said. "If they decide that he can't, then they can always move him. But that's such a demanding spot, we want to see if he can do it."

Corey Long is a contributor to MLB.com.

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