Blue Jays place Solarte on DL, call up Jansen

 The Toronto Blue Jays called up catching prospect Danny Jansen on Sunday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Toronto Blue Jays called up catching prospect Danny Jansen on Sunday. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO - Having been forced from Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays during his at-bat in the second inning, infielder Yangervis Solarte has been formally placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

In a corresponding move, top catching prospect Danny Jansen was called up prior to Sunday's series finale at Rogers Centre.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the third highest prospect in the Blue Jays system behind only Vladimir Guerrero and Bo Bichette, Jansen, 23, has slashed an impressive .269/.367/.410 over parts of six minor league seasons dating back being signed by Toronto as a 16th-round draft pick in 2013.

Known for both a high contact rate and patient approach, the 6'2" Appleton, Wisc., native has posted an OPS of .863 through 88 games with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 2018, and was leading the team in home runs (12), runs scored (45) and RBI (58) at the time of Sunday's transaction.

The move to promote Jansen over reinstating Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (high left ankle sprain) off the DL will likely result in more playing time at third base for both Richard Urena and Russell Martin (East York, ON) down the stretch.

At the time of Sunday's move, Solarte held the team lead in games played with 111 on the season, while also matching Justin Smoak for the most hits (101) with the club in 2018.

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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.