Blue Jays place Gurriel on DL, recall Barnes

 The Toronto Blue Jays placed infielder Lourdes Gurriel on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Toronto Blue Jays placed infielder Lourdes Gurriel on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

After undergoing an MRI in Oakland on Tuesday, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with both a high left ankle sprain and a grade 1 sprain of his left knee.

In a corresponding move, RHP Danny Barnes was recalled from triple-A Buffalo and will be available out of the Blue Jays' bullpen in their series finale against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon. 

Relegated to the 10-day DL with left knee tendinitis on June 22, Barnes made four rehab appearances with the Buffalo Bisons and allowed three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings of work, striking out eight of the 16 batters he faced since being cleared to pitch on July 24.

In 32 games with the Blue Jays earlier this season, the 28-year-old product of  Manhasset, NY went 2-1 with a WHIP of 1.60.

From a historical standpoint, Gurriel's injury couldn't have come at a worse time.

Prior to being assisted off the field by Toronto's medical staff following an awkward in-between slide at second base on Sunday, the 24-year-old had just picked up his third hit of the afternoon. The 3-for-5 performance marked Gurriel's 11th consecutive multi-hit contest, which tied Ross Barnes' 1876 record for most by a rookie in major league history.

Benefiting from an inflated BABIP of .456, Gurriel Jr. has slashed .423/.438/.648 over 71 at-bats since returning from the minor leagues on July 2. For the season, he's now posted an OPS of .844 across 38 MLB games.

Spotted walking without a limp in Oakland, he's expected to miss the next 2-6 weeks and, barring any setbacks, should be able to rejoin the team after rosters expand in September.

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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.