Blue Jays acquire Urshela from Indians

 The Toronto Blue Jays acquired infielder Gio Urshela from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired infielder Gio Urshela from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- On Wednesday, the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians came to terms on a deal that sent infielder Gio Urshela to the Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Having appeared in 148 games at the major league level, Urshela, 26, has slashed .225/.273/.314 with 23 extra-base hits and 26 walks in parts of two seasons dating back his debut on June 9, 2015.

After suffering a hamstring injury during Spring Training in which he hit an impressive .500 (21-for-42), Urshela was batting .324 with four doubles and seven RBI through 11 rehab games as a member of the triple-A Columbus Clippers prior to Wednesday's trade.

Designated for assignment by the Tribe on Friday, the free-swinging right-handed hitting product of Cartegena, Colombia will report to Toronto once details involving his work visa have been resolved.

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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.