Blue Jays call up Smith Jr.

 The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from triple-A Buffalo.

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from triple-A Buffalo.

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Completing a transaction that was originally initiated when the Toronto Blue Jays dispatched outfielder Anthony Alford to triple-A Buffalo following Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Dwight Smith Jr. has been formally recalled by the club and was available on Tuesday in New York.

Smith Jr. rejoins Toronto having slashed .387/.424/.516 over 14 major league games dating back to his big league call-up in May of 2017.

Since being optioned to Buffalo on May 5, the left-handed hitting product of Peachtree City, Ga., has hit .379 (11-for-29) while drawing six walks and swiping a pair of bases in eight games.

Through seven games with Toronto, Alford went 2-for-14 with six strikeouts, a pair of walks and one stolen base.

For those keeping track at home, the Blue Jays' active roster now consists of 13 pitchers (eight relievers), five infielders, four outfielders and two catchers.

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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.