Anthony Alford called up

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The 22-year-old outfielder will be forced to make the jump all the way to the big leagues from Double-A New Hampshire.

Alford was almost called up for Thursday's contest, but he'll instead wait one extra day to replace injured outfielder Darrell Ceciliani (shoulder), who injured himself hitting a home run Thursday.

Looking beyond Friday's contest, a platoon situation with Ezequiel Carrera in left field could be the best way to give Alford frequent time - although Pillar will return from his suspension soon. Ceciliani was subsequently placed on the 10-day disabled list following the injury.

Pillar used the slur against Jason Motte of the Atlanta Braves during a game Wednesday night when he thought the pitcher tried to "quick pitch" him - throw a pitch before he was ready to hit in the batter's box.

Alford has been played for Double-A New Hampshire this year, and he's been off to a great start to his year, slashing.325/.411/.867 with three home runs and 11 RBIs.

A former third-round pick by the club in 2012, Alford switched to baseball full-time in 2015 after initially playing college football at Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi.

The Jewish player was quick to apologize for the incident. The

The Blue Jays later suspended Pillar for two games and his forfeited salary will be donated to a charity. He hit.298/.398/.421 in A-ball in '15, then as waylaid by injuries in '16 and slumped to.236/.344/.378.

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