In just one day, MLB's September roster expansion will allow each team to call up one pitcher and batter to their major league roster, increasing it to 28 players. For the Blue Jays, their two moves appear to have already been made, with sources telling Jays Journal that they club will be bringing up reliever Chad Green, as well as first baseman Spencer Horwitz.
Green, who signed a one-year deal with the team this past offseason with a club option for 2024, is set to come off the 60-day IL following Tommy John surgery last May and a successful rehab assignment where he pitched 12.1 innings allowing just two runs across A and AAA. Since 2016, the righty reliever had been a staple of the Yankees bullpen, posting a 3.17 ERA across 383.2 innings in his time there. Much like Hyun-Jin Ryu, Green will hopefully act like a sort of trade deadline acquisition to help the team down the stretch after missing time due to an injury sustained the season prior. It's unclear exactly what his role will be in Toronto, but in the past, he's been an extremely reliable arm and has pitched upwards of 80 innings, so he should hopefully make an already potent Blue Jays bullpen even better. Since he's coming off the 60-day, the team needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for him, which was done by transferring Hagen Danner, who suffered a brutal season-ending injury in his MLB debut a few weeks back.
Horwitz, who is currently the Blue Jays number 17 prospect per MLB Pipeline, and the number nine first base prospect in baseball, will be seeing Major League action for the second time this season after making his MLB debut in June. In 3 games with the Jays, Horwitz went 2-8 with a couple of walks and but been an absolute monster in AAA Buffalo this year, slashing .337/.450/.495 with 41 extra-base hits over 484 plate appearances. After being taken by the Blue Jays in the 24th round of the 2019 draft, the 25-year-old lefty has been one of the organization's most major-league-ready prospects and could make a case for himself as a potential Brandon Belt replacement for 2024 if he performs well down the stretch. If the emergence of Davis Schneider has proven anything it's that it can't hurt to shake up the lineup, and for a Blue Jays offense that has struggled to score runs, the addition of a hitter like Horwitz could be just what they need.