DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Pete Walker's comeback attempt with the Blue Jays appears to be over.
Walker, who turns 38 on April 8 and who is recovering from shoulder surgery, was informed by the Jays on the weekend that he would not be making the major-league squad. He has been granted time away from camp to mull over his options -- accept a minor-league assignment in either double-A New Hampshire or Class-A Dunedin or ask for his release and seek employment with another organization.
Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said there was no room for him at triple-A Syracuse.
"Pete, early in camp, asked me that when we felt he wasn't going to be vying for a major-league job, the earlier he knew the better off he would be," Arnsberg said.
ON THE MEND
Right-hander Brandon League threw in his second minor-league game yesterday and in all likelihood will continue his rehab from an upper-back muscle problem in minor league games, Arnsberg said.
If League throws strictly in minor-league games and is not ready to open the regular season April 2, the Jays can put him on the disabled list and backdate him 10 days, allowing him to be called up to the Jays five days into the season.
Gregg Zaun, who limped into yesterday's game hitting .185 (5-for-27), drilled a three-run home run.