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Wagner heads back to Buffalo; Happ to rehab on Tuesday

by Amy Moritz

Welcome to a Sunday morning filled with roster moves.

We start with outfielder Melky Cabrera who was activated by the Toronto Blue Jays off his Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Buffalo Bisons. Cabrera played two games with the Herd with three hits in five at-bats. He left the game Saturday night after the fifth inning and was on his way to Toronto by the time the game ended.

To make room for Cabrera, the Blue Jays optioned righty Neil Wagner to Buffalo. Wagner began his season with the Herd and was one of the best closers in the International League. In 19 games with the Bisons, he was 1-0 with a 0.89 earned run average. He was perfect in all 13 of his save opportunities.

Wagner was promoted on May 29 and in 20 relief appearances with the Jays he was 2-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 1/3 innings of work.

Lefty J.A. Happ is scheduled to start for the Bisons on Tuesday for his next Major League rehabilitation start. Happy has been on the Blue Jays disabled list since May 8 after being hit in the head with a line drive. He has made two rehab starts, giving up two runs on four hits in three innings for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and five scoreless innings for Single-A Dunedin, where he gave up three hits with seven strikeouts.

Wang makes third start: Righty Chien-Ming Wang has given a quality performance in his first two starts with the Herd. He last pitched on July 13 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, throwing six innings. He gave up two runs on five hits but took the loss.

Against Toledo: The Mud Hens hold a 2-1 lead in the series as the teams finish out the set this afternoon at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m.). The Herd has not lost a four-game series at home to Toledo since 2003.

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Menuenori Kawasaki -- SS
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Jim Negrych -- 3B
Andy LaRoche -- DH
Sean Ochinko -- C
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Mike McCoy -- RF
Anthony Gose -- CF 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

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

Amy Moritz

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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