Blue Jays activate Pillar

 The Toronto Blue Jays activated Kevin Pillar off the disabled list on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Toronto Blue Jays activated Kevin Pillar off the disabled list on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

After missing the last 14 games with to a Sternoclavicular Joint strain in his right shoulder, Kevin Pillar has been activated off the 10-day disabled list and will join the Toronto Blue Jays in Seattle on Friday.

In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Brandon Cumpton was optioned down to triple-A Buffalo.

Through 93 games with the Blue Jays in 2018, Pillar has slashed .247/.279/.407 with 37 extra-base hits through 366 plate appearances. At the time of his injury on July 14, the former 32nd-round draft pick had appeared in more games than any other centre fielder in Major League Baseball this season.

Pillar's activation is likely to result in Randal Grichuk's return to right field, while veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson will go back to more of a platoon role off the bench for the 49-59 ball club.

Signed to a minor league deal on July 5, Cumpton got into just one game with the Blue Jays ahead of Friday's demotion. His relief of Luis Santos in the fifth inning of Tuesdays 6-2 loss to Oakland marked the journeyman reliever's first big league appearance since September 13, 2014.

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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.