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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