Blue Jays place Howell on DL, recall Beliveau

The Toronto Blue Jays placed reliever J.P. Howell on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with left shoulder tightness. Photo Credit: Kim Klement, USA Today Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays placed reliever J.P. Howell on the 10-day disabled list on Monday with left shoulder tightness. Photo Credit: Kim Klement, USA Today Sports

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

In continuation of what has become a disturbing first-half trend, the Blue Jays placed left-handed reliever J.P. Howell on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder tightness ahead of Monday's series opener in Oakland.

Needing to supplement their 25-man roster, Toronto used Howell’s vacancy to purchase the contract of fellow southpaw Jeff Beliveau from triple-A Buffalo.

Having last pitched at the major league level in 2015, Beliveau has appeared in 17 games with the Herd this season while posting an ERA of 3.09 to go along with 43 strikeouts against only 14 walks.

For his big league career, the 30-year-old native of Providence, R.I., has pitched to an overall ERA of 4.00 with a WHIP of 1.511 across 58 games.

Signed to a one-year, $3M deal in the off-season, Howell’s 2017 campaign has been marred with inconsistencies thus far. Through 8 2/3 innings of work, the veteran of 12 major league seasons has allowed eight earned runs and posted an unsightly WHIP of 2.192.

Acquired to serve as specialist out of the Blue Jays bullpen, left–handed batters have hit an inflated .316 when facing the former first-rounder this season. For context, that’s nearly 100 points high than his career average. As a whole, opposing batters are slashing .324/.432/.568 against Howell in limited action.

Ironically, Beliveau’s emergence within the Rays minor league system, coupled with a high free-agent price tag, helped key Howell’s exit from Tampa Bay in the winter of 2013.

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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.