Blue Jays activate Pearce, place Coghlan on DL

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated left fielder Steve Pearce ahead of the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre.

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated left fielder Steve Pearce ahead of the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre.

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO - After missing the last 27 games due to a right calf strain sustained during the Blue Jays' 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on May 14, Steve Pearce was activated off the 10-day disabled list on Friday.

In a corresponding move, utility man Chris Coghlan exchanged places with Pearce after being diagnosed with a left wrist contusion ahead of the Blue Jays' series opener against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre.

Pearce, 34, slashed .205/.256/.373 with six extra-base hits and seven runs scored over 27 games prior to his injury.  In six rehab contests split between double-A New Hampshire and triple-A Buffalo, the Florida native made six starts and picked up a pair of hits in 22 at-bats.

Having made only four appearances in the month of June, Coghlan owns a batting average of .200 with one home run and five RBI across 36 games since being called up on April 14.

Now sidelined, he becomes the 16th player to have hit the disabled list for the Blue Jays in 2017.

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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.