Blue Jays place Valdez on DL, recall Campos

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-hander Leonel Campos from triple-A Buffalo Tuesday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-hander Leonel Campos from triple-A Buffalo Tuesday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Four days after celebrating his return to active duty by being shipped off to triple-A Buffalo, right-handed reliever Leonel Campos has rejoined the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen ahead of their mid-week series against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.

In a corresponding move, fellow righty Cesar Valdez has been placed on the 10-day DL with what the club is calling a right shoulder impingement.

Campos, 29, has pitched to an overall ERA of 2.08 with 10 strikeouts against only three walks in 8 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays this season.

A victim of both injury (groin) and options remaining on his contract, Monday's recall will mark the Venezuela native's sixth individual stint with the Blue Jays in 2017.

Having most recently appeared out of the starting rotation, Valdez, 32, has pitched in seven games with the Blue Jays while posting an ERA of 6.75 with a WHIP of 1.594 over 21 1/3 frames.

Prior to Tuesday's announcement, Valdez was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Bombers. No replacement has been announced yet, though (barring a bullpen day) a couple of options potential include current Bisons Nick Tepesch and Brett Oberholtzer.

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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.