The Toronto Blue Jays just announced a flurry of roster moves that directly affect the 26-man active roster. This includes:
- 1B Brandon Belt placed on the 10-day injured list (left hamstring inflammation)
- RHP Adam Cimber placed on the Paternity List
- C Danny Jansen activated from the 10-day injured list
- INF Ernie Clement recalled from Triple-A Buffalo
- RHP Bowden Francis recalled from Triple-A Buffalo
- C Tyler Heineman optioned to Triple-A Buffalo
Belt hadn't made any appearances with the club since he prematurely left Saturdays game against the Minnesota Twins. His hamstring injury was enough to warrant his placement on the injured list. In his absence, the Blue Jays have multiple first base-capable players on their roster such in Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and now Clement as well.
For Cimber, the 2023 campaign has not gone the way he undoubtedly would've liked it to so far. Through 20 appearances, the quirky right-hander has a 6.75 ERA, 7.34 FIP and an ERA+ of just 61. After making an MLB-leading 77 appearances last season, he was supposed to be heavily relied upon presence on the staff, but he will now get a small breather on the Paternity List.
Jansen and Heineman are effectively switching spots here, as the former is set to return from an IL stint of his own. On the season, he has six home runs and a 91 OPS+ through 36 games. The latter filled in admirably, making six appearances of his own, registering a run scored, three hits (including a double) and a .300 average along the way. Having someone like Heineman in the high-minors is invaluable for a club like the Blue Jays, as he is a veteran presence who has a sterling reputation for being a solid mentor for young pitchers.
Clement's latest stint in the minor leagues didn't last long, as he is now returning to The Show. In Triple-A, he has six home runs, 29 RBI and a .329 average through 39 games, along with 20 walks against just six strikeouts. In four games in the big leagues this season, he has gone 2-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in.
Finally, there's Francis, who made just one appearance for the Blue Jays before being optioned a few days ago. The 27-year-old went 2.2 innings while allowing one run and striking out three batters. His multi-inning flexibility is going to be crucial for a Jays pitching staff that is down a starter after Alek Manoah's demotion. In the minors this year, Francis made five appearances and had a 2.89 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.