by Amy Moritz
For the first time in 94 games, Dan Johnson will not be in the Buffalo Bisons lineup.
The first baseman has played in every game for the Herd this season and leads the International League in home runs and walks.
Finally, Johnson got the call from the Toronto Blue Jays as the parent club selected his contract. The 34-year-old gets his first promotion of the season after the Blue Jays put designated hitter Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list with a foot fracture.
Johnson has played in 416 Major League games over eight seasons, the most coming in 2007 when he was in 117 games for the Oakland As.
The Blue Jays signed him to a minor league contract in the offseason and with Buffalo he has been the lone consistent producer at the plate. He leads the International League with 17 home runs while his 79 walks are the most in all of affiliated baseball. Overall, he has averaged .248 with a team-high 55 runs scored.
Johnson had been selected to the Triple-A All Star Game, scheduled for Wednesday night in Durham, N.C., and was to compete in the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday.
To make room for Johnson on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays designated reliever Bobby Korecky for assignment. He's a player the Bisons desperately hopes clears waivers. Korecky was also named an IL All-Star with a 4-1 record and a 0.57 earned run average in 36 appearances. He has 12 saves and 25 games finished.The Bisons are 27-9 in games Koreckey has appeared in.