Blue Jays recall Barnes, demote McGuire

 The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled reliever Danny Barnes from triple-A Buffalo. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled reliever Danny Barnes from triple-A Buffalo. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Hours removed from making his long-awaited Blue Jays debut, RHP Deck McGuire has been optioned to triple-A Buffalo in favor of fellow righty, Danny Barnes.

Dispatched to triple-A on May 5, Barnes rejoins the club after spending the last 10 days in the International League. Over that span, he pitched in a pair of ball games and turned in two scoreless frames while striking out four of the six batters faced.

With Toronto, the 28-year-old product of Manhasset, N.Y., posted an overall ERA of 2.57 with 15 strikeouts against eight walks through 14 innings of work prior to his demotion earlier this month. 

Despite the fact that he had allowed a rather large number of baserunners through his first 16 major league games in 2018, Barnes' relegation was a product of the options remaining on his contract.  Should the Blue Jays find themselves in a tight spot again this season, it's likely that a similar scenario may unfold for the veteran who's in his third big league season.

McGuire, 28, entered in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 12-2 loss to the New York Mets and fired 3 1/3 innings of three-run ball, striking out three and walking one batter.

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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.