Blue Jays activate Happ, send Leone to triple-A

Out since April 16 with elbow inflammation, left-hander J.A. Happ will make his return and start for the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Out since April 16 with elbow inflammation, left-hander J.A. Happ will make his return and start for the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

After missing the last 39 games due to an untimely bout of left elbow inflammation, Toronto Blue Jays southpaw J.A. Happ has been formally activated ahead of the Blue Jays' tilt against Cincinnati on Tuesday.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Dominic Leone was optioned to triple-A Buffalo.

Happ, 34, appeared in only three games before landing on the disabled list shortly after his start on April 16 vs. Baltimore. In 16 innings, last year's 20-game winner had pitched to an ERA of 4.50 with 20 strikeouts, four home runs allowed and he had not issued a walk.

Shortly ahead of the July non-waiver trade deadline in 2012, Happ headlined a package of players who were shipped from the Houston Astros to the Blue Jays in exchange for Joe Musgrove, David Rollins, Carlos Perez and Asher Wojciechowski. 

Promoted from triple-A Louisville after posting an ERA of 1.40 across five minor league starts, Wojciechowski will make his first start for Cincinnati against his former trade partner under the roof at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.

Falling victim to the options remaining on his current contract, Leone had pitched in 21 of the Blue Jays' 50 games this season, going 1–0 with 25 strikeouts while allowing 11 earned runs across 24 1/3 innings. 

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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.