Jays make slew of roster moves
By Sports Network
|Blue Jays outfielder Ben Francisco was put on the 15-day disabled list after suffering a hamstring strain. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)
ARLINGTON - The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday placed outfielder Ben Francisco on the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Evan Crawford to triple-A Las Vegas.
Francisco, 30, left Sunday's game in the sixth inning after being stricken with a left hamstring strain. Prior to the setback, he struggled to a .206 average.
Crawford has also struggled recently, giving up four runs in his last two appearances. For the season, the 25-year-old left-hander has posted a 10.80 earned run average.
The Jays also recalled first baseman David Cooper from Las Vegas and purchased the contract of pitcher Ryota Igarashi from Las Vegas.
Cooper, 25, was hitting .298 with six home runs and 34 RBI in 42 games. Last season, Cooper also hit two home runs in 71 at-bats for Toronto.
Igarashi posted a 1.29 ERA this season for Las Vegas, fanning 28 in 21 innings this season. The righty, who turns 33 on May 29, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later on March 30. He spent the last two seasons as a member of the New York Mets, where he went 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 69 innings.
To make room for Igarashi on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays transferred pitcher Dustin McGowan to the 60-day DL.