Blue Jays demote Travis, call up Ramirez

 Struggling Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis was sent down to triple-A Buffalo on Sunday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Struggling Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis was sent down to triple-A Buffalo on Sunday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- In advance of an attempt to salvage the final contest of their three-game set against Texas on Sunday, the Toronto Blue Jays have shuffled the deck and dispatched infielder Devon Travis to triple-A Buffalo in exchange for right-handed reliever Carlos Ramirez.

Ramirez, 27, has pitched in five games with the Herd this season, allowing four earned runs on two hits while both walking and striking out six batters over five innings of work.

Having made his MLB debut as one of the Blue Jays' call-ups last September, the hard-throwing product of Santo Domingo, D.R. will add additional depth to a bullpen that has needed to support a starting rotation that is currently tied with Texas for the second most runs allowed in the American League (90).

Through 18 games prior to his demotion, Travis slashed .148/.212/.246 with three extra-base hits and 18 strikeouts across 61 at-bats.

With Travis' playing time having been cut due in part to the arrival of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on April 20, the decision to send him down the QEW likely comes as a result of needing consistent at-bats while he tries to work out of this early-season slump.

Another roster move will need to be made when the club reinstates Josh Donaldson (who went 0-for-3 in his rehab debut with class-A Advanced Dunedin on Saturday) off the disabled list later next week.

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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.