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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