Blue Jays activate Liriano, send Campos back to triple-A

Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Needing to clear a spot on their 25-man roster for Francisco Liriano, the Toronto Blue Jays optioned right-handed reliever Leonel Campos to triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

The move comes less than 24 hours after Campos was recalled to the Blue Jays for a third time this season. In five big league appearances in 2017, the 29-year-old right-hander has posted an ERA of 2.25 with nine strikeouts against only three walks over eight innings.

Barring an injury, Campos will be unavailable to the Blue Jays for no less than 10 days in accordance with Major League Baseball’s strict roster regulations.

Having formally hit the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation on May 11, Liriano missed a grand total of 20 games while rehabbing from his injury. Over that stretch, the hard-throwing southpaw threw multiple side sessions and made one start with the Bisons, striking out seven batters over 4 1/3 innings.

Ironically, it was Campos who was originally recalled when Liriano was first sidelined in May.

With seven major league starts under his belt in 2017, Liriano currently sports an ERA of 6.35 to go along with a WHIP of 1.906 across 28 1/3 frames.

He'll be tested early as the former All-Star is set to face the American League East-leading New York Yankees at Rogers Centre on Friday.

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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.