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Bolsinger to DL with left knee inflammation

Blue Jays call up journeyman Valdez in corresponding move
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BOSTON -- The Blue Jays placed right-hander Mike Bolsinger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday afternoon with inflammation in his left knee.

Bolsinger surrendered a walk-off homer to Hanley Ramirez during the 15th inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. Prior to the home run, he had tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts without allowing a hit or a walk.

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BOSTON -- The Blue Jays placed right-hander Mike Bolsinger on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday afternoon with inflammation in his left knee.

Bolsinger surrendered a walk-off homer to Hanley Ramirez during the 15th inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox. Prior to the home run, he had tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts without allowing a hit or a walk.

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Right-hander Cesar Valdez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take Bolsinger's spot on the roster. Valdez was scheduled to start for Buffalo on Wednesday night but instead will provide protection for an overworked bullpen, with Roberto Osuna and Danny Barnes among those needing rest.

"What an effort," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Wednesday afternoon. "[Bolsinger] pitched so well he hurt himself."

Right-hander Joe Smith was tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Blue Jays on Wednesday, but instead he will make another rehab appearance for Buffalo. He previously made two relief appearances for the Bisons and has been out since June 14 with soreness in his right shoulder.

Smith is scheduled to pitch an inning for Buffalo on Wednesday night, and he will then take a day off on Thursday before meeting the Blue Jays in Cleveland on Friday night in time for the start of a three-game series vs. the Indians.

"We thought originally he was going to be [ready], but he needs one more outing down there," Gibbons said. "He'll meet us [in Cleveland] on Friday, I think is the plan."

Martin survives scare

Russell Martin received a day off on Wednesday, but he avoided a major injury following an incident during Tuesday's loss to Boston. Martin was struck on his right hand by a foul ball off the bat of Dustin Pedroia during the 10th inning. He remained in the game, and outside of some general soreness, Martin was feeling fine the next day.

Video: TOR@BOS: Martin shaken up, stays in game

"He's fine, he feels fine, but we're trying to save his legs," Gibbons said in reference to Martin getting the day off.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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