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Kawasaki to Toronto after Reyes injury

With Friday night's injury to starting shortstop Jose Reyes, the Toronto Blue Jays needed another infield option and this afternoon purchased the contract of Buffalo Bisons infielder Munenori Kawasaki.

Kawasaki has played in two of the Bisons six games this season. He has a pair of hits in five at-bats (.400), with one RBI and two runs scored. Both games he started at shortstop for the Herd.

While Reyes injury -- an ankle suffered when his left foot caught behind him as he attempted to slid into second in a game at Kansas City Friday night -- leaves all kinds of holes for the Blue Jays, Bisons manager Marty Brown sees Kawasaki as someone who can give Toronto some solid defense.

"I don’t know long that will be, if it’s a short-term fix or if it’s something that they’ll give him a chance to play," Brown said this morning, as he team worked out in the cages during a fourth straight day of Coca-Cola Field rainouts. "But he’s been at the Major League level all last year in Seattle. He played several years in Japan at the highest level. He’s a very sound player. He should be able to help them defensively."

Kawasaki played last year for Seattle.

Video of Reyes' injury from the Blue Jays' website:



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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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