Panik (calf) to IL; Blue Jays recall Tellez

May 8th, 2021

The Blue Jays on Friday placed infielder on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain, retroactive to Thursday, and recalled Rowdy Tellez from Triple-A Buffalo.

Panik initially experienced tightness in his left calf while running the bases during Wednesday's game in Oakland and exited an inning later in the eighth. He's batting .226 with four doubles in 19 games in 2021.

Tellez, who broke camp with the Blue Jays, was optioned to the alternate training site on April 28 after starting the season hitting .183/.222/.267 in 18 games. He has appeared in three games after the Triple-A season began this past week, going 3-for-10 with two doubles and a home run.

Jays Care
On Friday, Jays Care, the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays, announced infrastructure investments totaling more than $1 million to benefit children and youth across Canada through its Field of Dreams program.

The organizations selected to receive this funding are are:

  1. Bedeque, PE -- Bedeque & Area Minor Baseball Association
  2. Dartmouth, NS -- Diamond Dawgs Baseball Club
  3. Tobique First Nation, NB -- Mah-Sos School
  4. La Pocatière, QC -- Association de baseball mineur de La Pocatière
  5. Blind River, ON -- Town of Blind River
  6. Forest, ON -- Forest Minor Baseball Association
  7. Gananoque, ON -- Town of Gananoque
  8. Kenora, ON -- Kenora Chiefs Advisory
  9. Ottawa, ON -- South Ottawa Little League
  10. St. Marys, ON -- Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  11. Toronto, ON -- Variety Village
  12. Toronto, ON -- West Hill Baseball League
  13. Moosomin, SK -- Moosomin Minor Ball Association
  14. Beaumont, AB -- Beaumont Minor Baseball Association

“After a remarkably difficult year, we hope that today’s announcement will provide something for families in these communities to celebrate and look forward to. We are pleased to help organizations across the country build exciting, new spaces for children and youth to reconnect once it is safe to do so,” said Robert Witchel, executive director of the Jays Care Foundation. “With this year’s recipients spanning from the Maritimes to Alberta, we are excited to continue a legacy of investing in infrastructure to support children and youth across Canada."

These projects, spread across seven Canadian provinces, will help to build, enhance, and refurbish baseball diamonds. Jays Care has invested more than $15 million over the past 10 years in safe spaces across all 10 provinces and two territories.