Blue Jays call up Urena

The Toronto Blue Jays called Richard Urena on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Toronto Blue Jays called Richard Urena on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- Filling a roster vacancy left in the wake of right-hander Chris Rowley's demotion on Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays recalled infielder Richard Urena from triple-A Buffalo in advance of their series opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

In 11 games with the Blue Jays this season, Urena has hit .278 (5-for-18) with a home run and three RBI. Through 41 games at the triple-A level in 2018, the switch-hitting product of San Francisco de Macoris, DR has slashed .235/259/.353, while accounting for 12 extra-base hits and striking out 31 times.

With Urena up for a third time this season, the Blue Jays roster now consists of five infielders, four outfielders, a pair of catchers and 13 pitchers, only three of which are currently considered as starters.

Additional roster moves are on the horizon as right-hander Marco Estrada (left glute strain) is expected to rejoin the active roster when the Minnesota Twins check in to Toronto for a three-game set on Monday.

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