Menechino, Huckaby out

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- The Blue Jays conducted some minor housecleaning yesterday when utility infielder Frank Menechino and backup catcher Ken Huckaby elected free agency after declining assignments to triple-A Syracuse.

Menechino, though, may be back.

"We like Frank and we'll continue to talk to him," Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said yesterday.

However, Menechino, 34, who hit .216 in 70 games this season, is Plan B.

"What we're looking for is a super utility guy ... someone who can bounce around," Ricciardi said.

With Huckaby gone the Jays will be counting on rookie Guillermo Quirroz to be Gregg Zaun's backup.

"That's the least of our problems," Ricciardi said.

In other moves, the Jays outrighted pitcher Jason Arnold and infielder Raul Tablado to Syracuse and purchased the contracts of pitcher Ryan Houston and infielder Robert Cosby.

The Jays now have 37 players on their 40-man roster.


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