Blue Jays summon Bolsinger to start on Tuesday

The Toronto Blue Jays have called up 29-year-old right-hander Brian Bolsinger from triple-A to start Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians. Photo Credit: milb.com

The Toronto Blue Jays have called up 29-year-old right-hander Brian Bolsinger from triple-A to start Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians. Photo Credit: milb.com

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

With J.A. Happ unable to answer the bell due to a recent bout of inflammation in his left elbow, Aaron Sanchez scheduled to make an appearance in extended spring training and Mat Latos having been outrighted to the International League, the Toronto Blue Jays were forced to dip back into the minor leagues in order to produce right-handed hurler Mike Bolsinger, who will take the hill for Tuesday night’s tilt against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre.

Bolsinger, 29, has appeared in four games with triple-A Buffalo in 2017, pitching to an ERA of 1.46 with 18 strikeouts against only three walks over 12 1/3 innings of work.

Acquired by the Blue Jays in a deal that sent Jesse Chavez to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the non-waiver trade deadline last July, the 6-foot-1 Chicago native has appeared in 37 big league games since breaking in with the Dodgers in 2014. All but one of those appearances have come as a starter.

Needing to clear a spot on both the Jays' 25 and 40-man rosters, fellow righty Neil Ramirez was designated for assignment on Tuesday. 

In a sense, Bolsinger's activation is a microcosm of how the Blue Jays' campaign has gone to date, as the former 34th-round draft pick of (ironically) the Cleveland Indians will become the ninth starter used by Toronto this season. For context, the club used only seven in 2016. 

Although a hard timeline has yet to be established, Happ continues progressing towards a return to the active roster. On Monday, the former 20-game winner threw from 90 feet for the first time since being lifted in the fifth inning of his third start on April 16th.

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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.