Blue Jays call up Biagini, designate House

 The Toronto Blue Jays have called up Joe Biagini from triple-A Buffalo. The right-hander will start on Sunday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

The Toronto Blue Jays have called up Joe Biagini from triple-A Buffalo. The right-hander will start on Sunday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

After making four starts with triple-A Buffalo, Joe Biagini has been formally recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays and will reclaim his spot within the club's rotation on Sunday in the team's weekend finale against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre.

In a corresponding move, LHP T.J. House was designated for assignment.

Optioned to the triple-A Bisons on August 4, Biagini pitched to an ERA of 3.12 with 14 strikeouts, six walks and two home runs allowed through 17 1/3 innings during his brief stint in the International League.

In his latest appearance with the Bisons, the 6-foot-5 Redwood City, Calif., native pitched from the windup and fired seven innings of two run ball against the Pawtucket Red Sox. In all, he threw an economical 86 pitches on the night, 60 of which went for strikes.

Appearing in a myriad of different roles in 2017, Biagini --equipped with both his five-pitch arsenal and jester-like wit-- rejoins the Blue Jays having posted an ERA of 5.11 along with a WHIP 1.320 through 37 Major League games.

Recalled by the Blue Jays on August 19, House allowed a run on three hits in two innings in two relief appearances for the club before his designation on Sunday,

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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.