Blue Jays place Bolsinger on DL, recall Valdez
By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
Only hours removed from becoming just the second major league hurler to strike out four batters in a single extra inning frame, right-handed reliever Mike Bolsinger was placed on the 10-day disabled list with left knee inflammation ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays tilt against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.
In a corresponding move, fellow righty Cesar Valdez was recalled from triple-A Buffalo.
Valdez, 32, has appeared in 13 games this season, six of which have come at the major league level. Through a combined 71 1/3 innings between triple-A and the Show in 2017, the Dominican righty has pitched to an ERA of 3.15 with 56 strikeouts and 12 walks allowed.
Having not appeared in a game since throwing seven innings of one-run ball against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders on July 14, Valdez comes rested and will be ready to contribute out of the bullpen if called upon this week in Boston.
According to Baseball Almanac, Bolsinger is now one of only 86 pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball to fan four batters in an inning. Having done so in the 11th frame of Blue Jays' 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday, he is now just the second player to strike out four in an extra inning situation. Ironically, both pitchers were Blue Jays when they completed the feat. On August 13, 2012, Steve Delabar fanned four batters in the 10th inning of the Blue Jays' 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
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