Blue Jays call up Sweeney

 The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled INF/OF Darnell Sweeney from triple-A Buffalo to replace the recently traded Steve Pearce on the club's roster. He last played in the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015. Photo Credit: Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled INF/OF Darnell Sweeney from triple-A Buffalo to replace the recently traded Steve Pearce on the club's roster. He last played in the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015. Photo Credit: Toronto Blue Jays

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- A day removed from dealing Steve Pearce to the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays have called up INF/OF Darnell Sweeney.

Sweeney, 27, owns a career slash line of .269/.341/.423 through 733 games as a professional, 37 of which have been spent at the big league level as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015.

A 13th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012, the switch-hitting product of Hollywood, Fla., has hit .232 (36-for-155) with 18 extra-base hits while appearing in 47 games with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons this season.

Expect to see Sweeney serve in a similar role to that of Gio Ushela, who was cut loose by the Blue Jays when the club needed to create an opening on the 25-man roster for left-handed starter Ryan Borucki prior to their June 26 tilt vs. Houston.

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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.