Blue Jays call up Alford, send down Petricka
By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
The Blue Jays continued a busy week of roster transactions by recalling outfielder Anthony Alford from triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.
In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Jake Petricka has been optioned to clear a spot on Toronto's active roster.
Ranked as the Blue Jays No. 3 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Alford has hit a combined .175 (10-for-57) with a pair of doubles over 16 games between class-A Advanced Dunedin and Buffalo in 2018.
The 6-foot-1 right-handed hitting outfielder made his MLB debut in 2017, appearing in four games with Toronto prior to landing on the disabled list with a broken hamate bone in his left wrist.
Through 317 minor league contests, the product of Columbia, Miss., has slashed .269/.370/.392 with 76 stolen bases in 95 attempts.
Alford's arrival likely spells trouble for fellow outfielder Curtis Granderson, who was forced from Friday's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay with right-hamstring tightness.
A day after having his contract selected by Toronto, Petricka returns to Buffalo having allowed an earned run on three hits over 1 1/3 innings in the Show.
Since last Monday, the 18-15 Blue Jays have performed 20 individual roster transactions, eight of which came when the club checked into Cleveland for a rain-assisted doubleheader on Thursday.
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