Blue Jays call up Harrell, designate Parmley

The Toronto Blue Jays called up right-hander Lucas Harrell prior to their Canada Day game against the Boston Red Sox. Photo Credit: AP

The Toronto Blue Jays called up right-hander Lucas Harrell prior to their Canada Day game against the Boston Red Sox. Photo Credit: AP

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO - With Friday's 11-inning marathon emptying the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen, RHP Lucas Harrell has been added to the club's 25- and 40-man rosters ahead of the team's Canada Day tilt against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre.

To clear a spot for the Blue Jays' most recent addition, OF Ian Parmley has been designated for assignment.

Harrell, 32, is a veteran of six major league seasons and owns a career ERA of 4.77 with 304 strikeouts against 224 walks over 448 2/3 innings dating back to his rookie campaign in 2010.

Signed to a minor league deal in January, the former fourth-round draft pick appeared in six games split between class-A Dunedin and triple-A Buffalo after recovering from a bout of biceps tendonitis sustained during spring training. During his rehab stint, the Missouri native went 0-1 while posting a WHIP of 1.337 to go along with an ERA of 2.28 across 27 2/3 frames.

On Friday, Blue Jays relievers accounted for a total of 147 pitches thrown over their 6 2/3 innings of relief. That includes a 35-pitch effort from Aaron Loup, 31 from Danny Barnes and a pair of 22 pitch assignments from both Dominic Leone and Rule 5 call-up, Glenn Sparkman.

Having last pitched on June 27, Harrell's addition will provide the Blue Jays with some much-needed length out of the pen should he be called upon this weekend.

In three games with the Blue Jays, Ian Parmley went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and one sacrifice bunt. Now designated, the 27-year-old outfielder hits the open market having slashed .289/.332/.369 over 60 games with the triple-A Bisons in 2017.

For his career, the native of Snohomish, Wash., has hit .251 with an OPS of .642 over 410 minor-league games.

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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.