Blue Jays call up Gurriel, Gaviglio placed on paternity list

 The Blue Jays have recalled infielder Lourdes Gurriel from triple-A. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Blue Jays have recalled infielder Lourdes Gurriel from triple-A. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- After departing the team following a four-inning performance against the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Blue Jays hurler Sam Gaviglio has been formally placed on the paternity list.

In a corresponding move, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was recalled from triple-A Buffalo to claim Gaviglio's vacancy on the roster, and will be available off the bench on Tuesday.

Gurriel Jr. has hit .325 (13-for-40) with two home runs and seven runs scored over his last 10 assignments with the Herd. Through 39 games at the triple-A level in 2018, the right-handed product of Sancti Spiritus, Cuba has slashed .307/.333/.490 with 15 extra-base hits over 153 at-bats.

The slick-fielding infielder's second go around with the team may be of the short-lived variety as, per Major League Baseball, eligible players are entitled to miss only three games while stationed on the paternity list.

Although Gaviglio, who has amassed a 1-2 record to go along with a 3.98 earned run average through six starts with the Blue Jays in 2018, will rejoin the team in Anaheim on the weekend, his spot in Toronto's starting rotation could be in jeopardy.

Placed on the disabled list with right-shoulder fatigue on May 11t, Marcus Stroman has deemed himself ready to return after throwing a simulated game in New Hampshire earlier this week.

"I’m back," wrote Stroman on Twitter Monday night. "Next start in the big leagues with the squad. Shout to everyone who helped throughout the process!"

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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.