Blue Jays recall Valdez, place Campos on DL

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-hander César Valdez from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Lucas Sperduti

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled right-hander César Valdez from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Lucas Sperduti

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Called up in order to assume Joe Smith’s spot within the Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen earlier this week, Leonel Campos tossed only eight pitches before he too was forced off the club's active roster after sustaining a right groin strain during Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Needing to supplement an already overworked pen, the Blue Jays recalled César Valdez ahead of Wednesday night's 8:05 first pitch in Arlington.

Prior to the Blue Jays' latest roster move, Valdez was slated to start the triple-A Buffalo Bisons' series finale against the Rochester Redwings on Wednesday. Through seven games with the Bisons in 2017, the 32-year-old righty has pitched to an ERA of 3.67 with 29 strikeouts against only seven walks over 34 1/3 innings.

This marks his second stint with the Blue Jays, and third in the major leagues this season.

Campos’ strain makes him the 19th member of the Blue Jays' 40-man roster to land on the disabled list in 2017.  In all, the club has now had to work around 21 individual stints dating back to spring training, 11 of which have come from the team’s pitching staff. 

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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.