TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added depth to their battered infield on Wednesday afternoon by acquiring Gio Urshela from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.Urshela was designated for assignment by Cleveland late last week. He recently returned from the 10-day disabled list
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays added depth to their battered infield on Wednesday afternoon by acquiring Gio Urshela from the Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Urshela was designated for assignment by Cleveland late last week. He recently returned from the 10-day disabled list after dealing with a right hamstring injury.
The Blue Jays have yet to officially announce their plans for Urshela, but he's out of options and is expected to join the 25-man roster in the near future. That would result in either infielder Richard Urena being optioned to the Minors or the Blue Jays returning to a four-man outfield by demoting Dalton Pompey or Anthony Alford.
"I saw him a little bit in Cleveland last year," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "The word is he can play anywhere. But I've seen he's a really good third baseman, I know that. Really good. But you can put him at different spots."
Urshela has spent most of his career at third base, but Gibbons said he could potentially fill in at shortstop and second base as well. His arrival likely is another indication that the Blue Jays will consider using Josh Donaldson, who recently returned from a right shoulder injury, at designated hitter on at least a semi-regular basis.
Donaldson got the start at DH for Wednesday night's game against the Mariners, which resulted in the Blue Jays starting Russell Martin at third base. Once Urshela arrives, that's one scenario the Blue Jays will no longer have to explore.
The 26-year-old Urshela appeared in 67 games last season for Cleveland and posted a .224 batting average with one homer, seven doubles and 15 RBIs. In 11 Minor League games with Triple-A Columbus this year, he was efficient at the plate, posting a .324 average, seven RBIs and a .837 OPS.
The Blue Jays have named award-winning broadcaster Kim MacDonald as their Honorary Bat Girl for their upcoming Mother's Day game against the Red Sox. MacDonald has been a regular presence on The Weather Network for the past 20 years and was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2016.
Despite being checked regularly, MacDonald had a tumor the size of a baseball in her chest and had to spend most of 2017 undergoing treatment. She went through 25 rounds of radiation and 18 Herceptin infusions while remaining in the public eye by documenting each step of her journey through blogging, social media and regular radio interviews.
Last year, MacDonald attended the Blue Jays' Mother's Day game just 10 days after surgery. She's now a spokesperson for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and continues to be an advocate for the cause. There will be Honorary Bat Girls for all teams across the Major Leagues, who were chosen by their respective clubs based on their commitment to battling breast cancer.
MLB players will continue to have the opportunity to use pink bats during Mother's Day games. Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will donate proceeds from the sale of its pink bats, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer. In addition to the pink bats on Mother's Day, the following game equipment can be used for breast cancer awareness: pink compression sleeves, pink batting gloves, pink footwear, pink wrist/elbow/leg guards and catcher's equipment.
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.