Sanchez to BDL (Blister DL), Beliveau gone, Smith & Smith promoted

 The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list for fourth time this season. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list for fourth time this season. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

In a pair of moves designed to reinforce their overworked bullpen, the Toronto Blue Jays activated Joe Smith and recalled Chris Smith from triple-A Buffalo on Saturday.

To make room on the team's 25-man roster, left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau was designated for assignment, and Aaron Sanchez was returned to the 10-day disabled list due to a blister that formed during his latest start against the Boston Red Sox on July 19.

Joe Smith pitched to an ERA of 3.41 across 34 games with the Blue Jays before shoulder inflammation forced him off the club's active roster in June. The sidewinding righty appeared in three games with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons during his recent rehab assignment, striking out three and allowing a run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Chris Smith made his MLB debut on June 27 and tossed a scoreless ninth inning during the Blue Jays' 3-1 loss to Baltimore before being shipped back to the minors. Through 19 games with the Bisons in 2017, the Kentucky native has recorded an ERA of 4.43 with 17 strikeouts against only three walks.

Beliveau allowed a WHIP of 1.468 throughout 19 relief assignments with the Blue Jays prior to being designated. Striking out 17 and walking only six batters, opponents have hit an inflated .283 across 60 plate appearances against the southpaw this season.

Saturday's roster shuffle marked the fourth time Sanchez has been placed on the disabled list with blister issues in 2017. Through eight starts, the former American League ERA champ is 1-3 with a FIP of 5.74 in 36 frames.

Entering Saturday,  the Blue Jays ranked second in the American League in regards to cumulative relief innings with 356 1/3. 

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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.