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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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.