While the team continues to have trouble filling their void at second base, the Toronto Blue Jays designated Chris Getz for assignment on Sunday. The move opens up a roster spot for the team to activate closer Casey Janssen from the disabled list.
Getz had appeared in just ten games for the Blue Jays on the year, hitting .160/.222/.200. He’d joined the team in late April following the slow start of Ryan Goins, but failed to offer much in terms of production. A career .250/.309/.307 hitter over parts of seven seasons, Getz had been swinging the bat well at Triple-A before getting called up. He’d joined the Blue Jays as a free agent this past January.
As Kyle Franzoni at Jays Journal notes, the team will likely move forward with a combination of Steve Tolleson and Brett Lawrie at second base. The latter will play there against left-handers, allowing Juan Francisco to see additional playing time at third base.
Janssen’s activation also appears to have come at somewhat of a surprise. Franzoni notes that the reliever had initially been expected to make at least one more rehab appearances for the organization’s Double-A affiliate on Sunday. The team opted instead to bring him back into a bullpen that has struggled for much of the season. Janssen had been sidelined since spring training with a strained abdominal muscle and has yet to pitch this season. He’d saved 34 games for the Jays a year ago, with a 2.56 ERA and 0.987 WHIP over 52.2 IP.