Blue Jays recall Campos, Smith heads to DL

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-handed reliever Leonel Campos (above) on Monday to replace Joe Smith, who has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-handed reliever Leonel Campos (above) on Monday to replace Joe Smith, who has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

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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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.