Blue Jays place Bolsinger on DL, recall Valdez

 The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-hander Cesar Valdez from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday.

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-hander Cesar Valdez from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday.

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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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.