Blue Jays call up Alford, send down Petricka

 Outfield prospect Anthony Alford, shown here signing autographs for fans in Dunedin this spring, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Outfield prospect Anthony Alford, shown here signing autographs for fans in Dunedin this spring, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

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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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.