The Blue Jays made a number of moves yesterday, picking up infielder Howie Clark's contract from triple-A Syracuse while optioning right-handed pitcher Jamie Vermilyea to Syracuse and designating infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment.
Bringing up Clark was a bit of a surprise, as the 33-year-old wasn't playing ball anywhere earlier this season. He was picked up by the Blue Jays organization on May 13 and played one game with double-A New Hampshire of the Eastern League. The San Diego native, who bounced between Toronto and Syracuse during the 2003 and 2004 seasons in his first stint with the organization, joined Syracuse on May 15, hitting .246 in 14 games.
He started at third last night against the New York Yankees in place of the injured Troy Glaus.
Toronto manager John Gibbons is glad to have the veteran utility man back in the lineup.
"He can play a little infield and a little outfield (and) he's a winner," Gibbons said. "He plays the game the right way."
The Jays will have to make a roster decision today when Roy Halladay returns to the lineup, just over three weeks after having his appendix removed.
It's likely that the Jays will send rookie right-hander Jesse Litsch back to minors today to make room for Halladay.
Shortstop Royce Clayton and third baseman Troy Glaus, were available if Gibbons needed them in a pinch last night. Clayton has a sore left foot after fouling an Andy Pettitte pitch off his foot on Tuesday. Glaus has bone spurs in his left foot and a sore hamstring.