Blue Jays roster moves from Sunday, August 25, 2019, including those involving Ken Giles, Clay Buchholz, Brock Stewart, Justin Shafer, and more.
According to an official team announcement, the Toronto Blue Jays have reinstated right-handed pitcher Ken Giles from the paternity list while also reinstating right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz from the 60-day injured list.
As corresponding moves, the team has optioned RHPs Brock Stewart and Justin Shafer to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Finally, the organization has designated RHP Nick Kingham for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster.
In another bit of organizational news, the team has advanced RHP Ryan Tepera‘s rehab assignment from High-A Dunedin to Triple-A Buffalo.
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In the lower minors, the team has promoted first baseman Spencer Horwitz to Short Season-A Vancouver from Rookie-level Bluefield, according to the Northwest League’s transactions page.
Previously, it was suggested by both Keegan Matheson of MLB.com and Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun that Buchholz was near activation from the injured list. He was placed on the injured list on May 10 with a shoulder issue.
Kingham was previously designated for assignment on July 18 and was promptly sent outright to Buffalo three days later. After a brief stint back with the big club, Kingham was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain. He was acquired by the Blue Jays from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a minor trade on June 13.
Stewart was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31 and has enjoyed three separate stints with the major-league squad, intermittently spending time in Buffalo. Prior to this, he was recalled on August 24.
Shafer, a 2014 eighth-round draft pick, has been recalled four different times since May 28, most recently on July 7. He began the season in Triple-A.
Giles was placed on the paternity list on August 22. He and his wife Estela welcomed their son Brayden Christian on Friday, per Longley.
Horwitz, a 2019 24th-round draft pick of the Blue Jays, slashed an outstanding .330/.395/.471 with Bluefield in 51 games, adding five stolen bases and three home runs. The 21-year-old Timonium, Maryland native was selected out of Radford University in Radford, Virginia.