Anthony Alford Heads to the DL: Dwight Smith to Return from Buffalo

Anthony Alford

Before today’s game, the Toronto Blue Jays placed rookie outfielder Anthony Alford on the 10-day disabled list and recalled rookie outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. from the Buffalo Bisons.

 

Alford was called up by the Blue Jays to play after Darrell Ceciliani had dislocated his shoulder and while Kevin Pillar was serving his two-game suspension. Alford made his big league debut on May 19 and finally got his first hit in his fourth game, hitting a double on Tuesday. Alford was 1/8 in his first four big league games after hitting .325/.411/.455 in 33 games in Double-A New Hampshire with seven doubles and three home runs.

 

Alford’s injury is a broken hamate bone in his hand/wrist, which is a common but unfortunate injury. Best case scenario would have him returning in six-to-eight weeks but frequently, this type of injury can cause trouble for a couple of years, sapping a player’s ability to hit and hit for power.

For Alford, making the big leagues was a culmination of the decision he made to focus exclusively on baseball after three years of college football in which he underwent a transfer of schools and a position change from quarterback to safety.

Coming up for Alford is Dwight Smith, Jr. who made his big league debut on May 18, just one day before Alford. The 24-year-old left-handed hitting outfielder was 0/3 with a walk in just two games before being optioned back to Buffalo where he has hit .316/.368/.456 with seven doubles and four home runs in 38 games. In fact, Smith is coming off a huge game on Tuesday in which he was 3/4 with a home run.

 

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