Blue Jays recall Devon Travis

 Devon Travis has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo by the Toronto Blue Jays. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

Devon Travis has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo by the Toronto Blue Jays. Photo Credit: Amanda Fewer

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

TORONTO -- Devon Travis is back from Buffalo and will be batting ninth in the Blue Jays' order as Toronto kicks off a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Tuesday's call-up completes a transaction that was initiated when the club optioned infielder Richard Urena to triple-A following Sunday's 9-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Having posted an OPS of .509 in 14 games with Toronto's International League affiliate, Travis rejoins the big league club after collecting a base hit in each of his last eight contests with the Herd. In all, the 27-year-old product of West Palm Beach, Fla., slashed .210/.234/.274 with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts through 64 plate appearances after being optioned on April 29.

In 18 games with Toronto this season, Travis collected just nine base hits in 61 at-bats, walking only twice and striking out 18 times prior to his demotion.

Outside of his offensive issues, part of the reasoning behind optioning the career .282 hitter was to provide Travis with an opportunity to receive a heavier amount of at-bats without having to adhere to the pressures of Major League Baseball.

With Buffalo, Travis was placed on a three on, one off program aimed at enhancing the two on, one off schedule he had been given with the Blue Jays to open the 2018 season. For those keeping track at home, 12 of his 14 triple-A appearances came as a second baseman.

In 11 games with the Blue Jays, Urena slashed .278/.278/.444 with seven strikeouts, no walks and a pair of errors in 44 defensive innings.

Down a glove on the left side of their infield, the Blue Jays will give both Gio Urshela and Yangervis Solarte a share of the shortstop duties as Aldemys Diaz (right ankle) and Troy Tulowitzki (right heel) work their way back from the disabled list.

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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.