Why Donaldson did not pinch hit? He's injured, now on DL

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By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseballl Network

Telegraphed by the fact that he was seemingly unavailable to pinch hit with a runner on in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the Orioles, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was formally placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation ahead of the team’s series opener in Cleveland on Friday.

In a corresponding move, right-handed hitting outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was recalled from triple-A Buffalo. 

Having noticably battled shoulder issues since the second week of spring training, Donaldson had slashed .239/.342/.487 with three home runs over 12 games prior to his transition off the active roster. 

Retroactive to April 11th, two-time Silver Slugger will be eligible to return to duty when the Blue Jays square off against the Yankees on April 21st in the Bronx. 

In four games with the Bisons, Hernandez has gone 5-for-18 (.278) with a double, two home runs and a pair of stolen bases. 

Acquired as part deal that sent left-handed hurler Francisco Liriano to the eventual World Series Champion Houston Astros at 2017’s July 31st trade deadline, the 25-year-old product of Cotui, D.R. hit .261 with eight home runs over 26 games with Toronto last September. 


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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.