Blue Jays place Tepera on DL, recall Petricka

 Toronto Blue Jays' interim closer Ryan Tepera was placed on the disabled list on Saturday.

Toronto Blue Jays' interim closer Ryan Tepera was placed on the disabled list on Saturday.

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- Interim closer Ryan Tepera became the latest Blue Jay to land on the disabled list after being diagnosed with right elbow inflammation early Saturday morning.

In a corresponding move, RHP Jake Petricka has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo and will be available out of the Blue Jays' bullpen when the club squares off against Detroit later today.

Over 20 innings with the triple-A Bisons in 2018, Petricka has posted an ERA of 0.90 with 13 strikeouts against only four walks.

This is the third time Petricka has been recalled from the minors since joining the Blue Jays organization last February. In nine appearances with Toronto, the 6-foot-5 product of Northfield, Minn., has allowed five earned runs on 18 hits while striking out six and stranding eight of the nine inherited runners he's been tasked with.

Named as Toronto's closer in the wake of Roberto Osuna's domestic violence allegations, Tepera ranks 12th among all MLB relievers in appearances this season with 38, and departs the club having posted an overall ERA of 2.97 supported by a K/9 of 9.8 through 39 1/3 innings.

Tepera's DL stint is of the 10-game variety and is retroactive to June 28th.

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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.