Blue Jays activate Urshela, send Pompey to Buffalo

 The Toronto Blue Jays have activated Gio Urshela, whom they acquired from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

The Toronto Blue Jays have activated Gio Urshela, whom they acquired from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.

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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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, 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.