By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
TORONTO -- A few short days after acquiring him in a deal with the Cleveland Indians, utility infielder Gio Urshela has been activated by the Toronto Blue Jays and will be available off the bench on Saturday.
In a corresponding move, outfielder Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) has been optioned to triple-A Buffalo.
With 128 games of MLB experience under his belt, Urshela, 26, has slashed .225/.273/.314 with 23 extra-base hits and 26 walks dating back his debut in June 2015.
After suffering a hamstring injury during spring training, Urshela posted a .324 batting average with four doubles and seven RBI through 11 rehab games as a member of the triple-A Columbus Clippers prior to being traded to Toronto on Wednesday.
Although the majority of his playing time has come at third base, Urshela joins Toronto with previous MLB experience at all four infield positions and should serve in a utility role while shortstop Aledmys Diaz works his way back from the 10-day disabled list.
In five games with the Blue Jays this season, Pompey went 2-for-10 with a walk and six strikeouts. Pompey missed a chance to help Friday night when he pinch hit with men on first and second. He fouled off the first bunt attempt, swung through s rike two and fouled off the next pitch ... for a strike out.
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