Prior to the club's upcoming series against the Yankees, the Blue Jays took to social media to announce four roster moves, including the activation of Brandon Belt from the injured list.
Here's a full list of what's going down in the latest round of roster moves:
- 1B/DH Brandon Belt activated from injured list.
- RHP Jay Jackson recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.
- RHP Nate Pearson optioned to Florida Complex League.
- 1B Spencer Horwitz optioned to Florida Complex League.
Getting Belt back for the final week of the regular season is a big get for the Blue Jays and their surging offense. The 35-year-old will jump back into the swing of things and immediately be tasked with facing Michael King (who struck out 13 Jays in his last outing) and Gerrit Cole (who struck out nine Jays in his last outing).
On the season, Belt has been one of the very best hitters in the Blue Jays' lineup; something very few people could've seen coming after his cold start to the season. In 97 games, the 13-year veteran has 16 home runs with an .839 OPS and team-leading 131 OPS+. Should he make it into three more games this year, he'll cross the 100-game plateau for the first time since all the way back in 2019.
Jackson, 35, has been one of the more reliable arms out of the Blue Jays' bullpen this year. Now that he's been recalled, he cannot be sent back down to the minor leagues, as he has hit his yearly limit of five demotions. If the Jays need a fresh arm at any point this week, Jackson would need to be designated for assignment before being optioned.
In 23 outings this year, the right-hander has posted a 2.36 ERA and 181 ERA+, striking out just over eight batters per nine innings while surrendering just seven earned runs all year. He hasn't received a ton of high-leverage innings this season, but remains a steady veteran presence in the 'pen.
Horwitz and Pearson will report to the Florida Complex League in order to stay hot in case they're needed again before season's end. With the Buffalo Bisons' season coming to a close this past weekend, these two will report to the FCL instead of outright being sent home.
Horwitz, 25, has 15 big league games under his belt this year, going 10-for-39 (.256 average) with a home run and seven runs batted in. Back on Sept. 20, he had the best day of his young career, going 1-for-4 with a walk and three RBI. In Triple-A, he had a whopping .337 batting average and .945 OPS in 107 games, so he will surely be back in The Show next season.
For Pearson, the Blue Jays' former top prospect will once again be sent packing by the club. He has made it into 35 games this year at the big league level but has seen his overall numbers bogged down by poor months of June, July and August. All told, he has a 5-2 record with a 4.85 ERA, 4.85 FIP and 88 ERA+ on the season.