By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
The Toronto Blue Jays will kick off a seven-game road trip without one of their most reliable relievers as Joe Smith was placed on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation ahead of Monday’s series opener in Arlington.
In a corresponding move, Leonel Campos has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo.
Smith, 33, has appeared in a team-high 34 games this season while going 3-0 with 47 strikeouts, eight walks and an overall ERA of 3.41 through 31 2/3 innings of work.
Having tied a season-high with three earned runs allowed in his last appearance against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 14, it’s likely that the sidewinding righty’s DL stint will be retroactive to June 15 though no formal announcement has been made yet.
Prior to the injury, Smith was on pace to eclipse his previous season-highs in innings pitched (74 2/3) and strikeouts (68).
Campos, 29, has appeared in five games with the Blue Jays this season, posting an ERA of 2.25 with nine strikeouts against three walks over eight frames. In triple-A with Buffalo, the former Padre has allowed only five earned runs over 21 innings.
With Monday’s move in the books, Toronto has now placed a grand total of eight pitchers on the disabled list in 2017.
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