Blue Jays activate Nolan Reimold, DFA Esmil Rogers


According to John Lott of the National Post, the Toronto Blue Jays have activated outfielder Nolan Reimold and have designated right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers for assignment.

Reimold had a nice start with the Blue Jays after they acquired him off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. He went 4 for his first 12 with three doubles, three RBIs and two walks before a strained calf landed him on the DL after just four games. Reimold is not in the lineup today and won’t be able to play left field for a few days according to Barry Davis of Sportsnet. However he will be available to pinch hit off the bench if the Blue Jays find themselves needing his right-handed bat.

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As many expected, right-hander Esmil Rogers was designated for assignment to clear room on the active roster for Reimold. Rogers did not throw a pitch during his brief stint with the Jays and has been DFA’d for the second time this season.

Unless I’m missing something, this leaves the Blue Jays with an open spot on their 40-man roster as Reimold is coming off the 15-day disabled list, which means he was already part of the 40-man. As Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter points out, the Jays could have optioned lefty Rob Rasmussen and kept Rogers but I think the Blue Jays are expecting Esmil to clear waivers and accept and outright assignment to Buffalo. However, because he’s been DFA’d before and has at least three years of MLB service time, Rogers can give up his $1.85 million contract and elect free agency if he so desires.