Blue Jays activate Diaz, Grichuk, send down Smith, Petricka

 The Blue Jays activated outfielder Randal Grichuk from the disabled list on Friday. Photo Credit: Butch Dill, USA Today Sports

The Blue Jays activated outfielder Randal Grichuk from the disabled list on Friday. Photo Credit: Butch Dill, USA Today Sports

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated SS Aledmys Diaz and OF Randal Grichuk in advance of their weekend set against the Detroit Tigers in the Motor City.

To create openings on the team's 25-man roster, both OF Dwight Smith Jr. and RHP Jake Petricka were optioned to triple-A Buffalo.

Through 32 games with Toronto prior to landing on the DL with a left ankle sprain in early May, Diaz slashed .216/.273/.431 with 10 extra-base hits across 110 plate appearances.

The Cuban-born shortstop's omission from Toronto's lineup created a revolving door of sorts as his defensive innings have been divided between Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Gio Urshela, Yangervis Solarte and Russell Martin (Montreal, Que..), the Blue Jays starting catcher who made his MLB debut at the position on May 26.

Placed on the disabled list at the end of April, Grichuk rejoins the active roster looking to build on the .106/.208/.227 line he posted over 77 plate appearances prior to spraining his right knee in a game against he Texas Rangers.

Back in the active fold, Grichuk's arrival will more than likely cut into the number of at-bats fellow outfielder Curtis Granderson will receive given the fact that Teoscar Hernandez should see more action in left field over the coming weeks.

Relegated to long man duties in the Blue Jays' pen, Petricka has allowed nine earned runs on 18 hits while walking a pair and striking out six batters across nine MLB appearances this season.

Despite posting impressive numbers through limited action in Toronto, Smith Jr. will rejoin the Herd this weekend and will be awarded everyday at-bats in Buffalo.

Through 27 big league contests dating back to his debut with the Blue Jays in 2017, the left-handed hitting 25-year-old has slashed .333/.397/.491 with seven extra-base hits.

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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.