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Kawasaki, Happ return to the Blue Jays

by Amy Moritz

While the weather has wrecked havoc with the Buffalo Bisons schedule, the roster moves continued on Tuesday afternoon.

The Toronto Blue Jays purchased the contract of shortstop Munenori Kawasaki and activated pitcher J.A. Happ from his Major League Rehabilitation Assignment.

To make room on their roster, the Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz to the Bisons. Toronto also announced today that Jeremy Jeffress cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Bisons. Also announced was that Buffalo pitcher Marcus Walden has been designated for assignment.

The promotion for Kawasaki comes after Toronto's Maicer Izturis suffered a complete tear of his lateral collateral ligament. Typical recover time for the tear is four to six months although the 33-year old is reportedly seeking a second opinion before scheduling the surgery.

In eight games with the Bisons, Kawasaki hit .240 with a doubel and an RBI.

Happ returns to the Blue Jays after making one start for the Herd on Thursday. He struck out six, gave up one run on five hits in a no-decision to Pawtucket.

Kratz played six games with the Blue Jays, batting .200 with a home run and four runs batted in. He is a three-time International League All-Star, winning the honor with Indianapolis (2009) and Lehigh Valley (2010, 2011).

Jeffress pitched in 25 games for Buffalo last season gong 1-0 with a 1.65 earned run average and seven saves. He threw in three games for the Blue Jays this year giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Walden is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in three games with the Bisons this year.


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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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