Blue Jays recall Leone, designate Harrell

 Right-hander Dominic Leone was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. Photo Credit: Jonathan Dyer, USA Today Sports

Right-hander Dominic Leone was recalled by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. Photo Credit: Jonathan Dyer, USA Today Sports

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Needing reinforcements after a weekend that saw their bullpen work a total of 16 innings in a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-handed reliever Dominic Leone from triple-A Buffalo ahead of Monday's series opener in Boston.

To make room on the team's 25-man roster, right-hander Lucas Harrell was designated for assignment.

A recent victim of the options remaining on his contract, Leone was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks last November and will begin his fourth stint with the 42-49 Blue Jays when they check into Fenway Park for a four-game showdown against the front-running Red Sox.

Through 34 major league assignments with the Blue Jays this season, the former 16th-round draft pick has posted an ERA of 2.95 with 42 strikeouts against 18 walks through 39 2/3 innings.

Having pitched only two innings since rejoining the Bisons on July 7, Leone should be able to provide the Blue Jays with some length if needed out of the bullpen.

Harrell, 32, appeared in four games with the Blue Jays and posted a 7.11 ERA in 6 1/3 frames.

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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.