Blue Jays place Estrada on DL, call-up Smith Jr.

 The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-hander Marco Estrada on the 10-day disabled list on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-hander Marco Estrada on the 10-day disabled list on Friday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Having not thrown a competitive pitch since being lifted in the first inning of a July 3 start vs. the New York Mets, Marco Estrada was formally placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left glute strain on Friday.

In a corresponding move, outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo.

Although the Blue Jays will now need to produce a starter for Saturday's game against the first place Boston Red Sox, Friday's roster shuffle shouldn't come as much of a surprise as the team will elect to give Estrada additional rest in an effort to ensure that the possible trade chip is firing on all cylinders following the All-Star break.

In 17 starts, Estrada has pitched to an ERA of 4.72 while striking out 70 of the 377 batters he's faced this season. With his DL stint being retroactive to June 10, the veteran righty is expected to make a start against the Baltimore Orioles later this month.

Through 30 at-bats with the Blue Jays this season, Smith Jr. has slashed .300/.382/.533 with four doubles and a home run. His promotion will provide the Blue Jays with some additional speed and a capable left-handed bat off the bench.

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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.