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Three Elk Grove High products get the MLB call. Why it was extra emotional for one

Rowdy Tellez, right, high fives Toronto Blue Jays teammate Jose Bautista during a spring training game in 2017.
Rowdy Tellez, right, high fives Toronto Blue Jays teammate Jose Bautista during a spring training game in 2017. AP

It was quite a week for former Elk Grove High School baseball stars as three received the call to join Major League Baseball rosters, elevating from Triple A.

For Rowdy Tellez, the good news comes during a trying time. The slugger who was promoted from the Buffalo Bisons to the Blue Jays has been playing in honor of his mother, Lori Tellez, who lost her battle with brain cancer on Aug. 19.

J.D. Davis is back with the Astros after leading the Pacific Coast League in batting (.342) for the Fresno Grizzlies, and catcher David Freitas rejoins the Mariners pitching corps after spending time with the Tacoma Rainiers.

Davis and Freitas have spent time in the bigs in past seasons. Tellez had his first taste on Wednesday when he collected his first major-league hit off the first pitch he saw, a double to the gap in a 10-3 home win over Tampa Bay. He became the third player in franchise history to have a pinch-hit extra-base hit in his first MLB at-bat.

Tellez pointed upward after reaching second base. After the game, he used his finger to scribble “Mom” on the dirt next to home plate.

Said Tellez to Blue Jays media, “This was definitely something I wanted to share with Mom. And I believe she was there for it. It’s nothing short of amazing. I’m still in shock.”

On his thoughts upon reaching second base, Tellez said, “I was just trying not to cry. Pretty emotional moment for me. My dad (Greg) had his flight delayed, so he wasn’t here for it.”

Tellez on Thursday became the first player in the live-ball era, dating to 1920, with an extra-base hit in each of his first three plate appearances, according to STATS.

Tellez hit .270 with 13 home runs in the International League before his promotion.

Elk Grove High now has four players on major-league rosters. David Hernandez is a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds.

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