George Springer is about to return to the big leagues, while Kevin Smith is knocking on the door.
Springer played seven innings to complete a week of rehab, Smith had a three-run homerun and the Scorching Bisons beat Rochester, 7-1, on Sunday afternoon.
Springer, 31, has been with the Triple-A Jays all week rounding up the sticks as he came back from a right quad strain that kept him from playing for all but four games. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored on Sunday and finished the week with three hits in 17 at-bat.
The Blue Jays signed the three-time All-Star and former World Series MVP on a 6-year, $ 150 million free agent contract.
Smith, meanwhile, continued his scorching June with a three-run homerun in the second period to give the Bisons a 5-0 lead. A fourth-round pick from the University of Maryland in 2017, Smith was down 0.286 / 0.396 / 0.602 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 38 games.
In June alone, he has five homers and 17 RBIs, while cutting .355 / .481 / .726.
Jacob Waguespack won his second straight start, the 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed tow points in his final 15.2 innings after conceding 12 in his first 21.1 of the season.
The Bisons (22-18) have won five of the Red Wings’ six games (15-27). After a day off Monday, they head to Syracuse for a six-game streak.