Teoscar Hernandez highlights first wave of Blue Jays’ September call-ups

John Gibbons spoke to the media following the Toronto Blue Jays 11-8 win over the Baltimore Orioles Thursday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced their first wave of September call-ups, with prospect Teoscar Hernandez highlighting the list.

Hernandez, acquired from the Houston Astros in the Francisco Liriano trade, started out slow as he adjusted to a new team at triple-A Buffalo, but heated up in the middle of August. The 24-year-old has also played 42 career games at the MLB level.

Michael Saunders, who made the American League all-star team in 2016, is also on his way to the big club. Saunders struggled with the Philadelphia Phillies and was released by the team in June. He hit .275 during his stint with the Bisons.

Catcher Luke Maile will make his return to the Blue Jays after recovering from a knee injury. Maile’s defence behind the plate will be a welcome addition to a Toronto team that has struggled to control the running game of late.

Richard Urena, a 21-year-old shortstop, and converted pitcher Carlos Ramirez will be getting their first taste of MLB action.

The five call-ups will be available to play in Friday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.