Jose Reyes has been activated from the Disabled List, highlighting a number of roster moves following the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win over Cleveland Friday night.
Reyes, sidelined since March 31 with a sore hamstring, will be in the lineup Saturday in Cleveland. Coming up with him is Juan Francisco, the left-handed power-hitting 1B/3B/DH. He split last season with Atlanta and Milwaukee, finishing with a combined .227/.296/.422 slash line. He added 18 home runs and 48 RBI in 124 games. You know what you’re going to get with him — power, and not much else. In 11 games with Buffalo, however, the Dominican Republic native is hitting .349 with two homers and 11 RBI. His main competition, Dan Johnson, is batting .318 with three homers and 10 RBI in 13 games. Sounds like six of one, a half dozen of the other. Expect Francisco to DH most of the time, possibly being spelled against lefties like Adam Lind was.
Speaking of Lind, he’s heading to the DL with lower-back tightness. It sounds like there was some progress made over the last few days, but the Jays can’t continue carrying dead weight on a three-man bench.
Munenori Kawasaki was optioned back to Buffalo. A little bit surprising, considering he’s contributed effectively in his limited playing time over the last week. He drove in the tying run in the 8th inning on Friday. With Ryan Goins struggling at the plate, him being sent down wouldn’t have been a shocker. But for now he remains, and will likely play second base against right-handed pitching, with Jonathan Diaz facing lefties.
One final move: Maicer Izturis was transferred to the 60-day DL. This is to make room for Francisco on the 40-man roster. Izturis is expected to miss most, if not all of the remainder of the 2014 season with a torn knee ligament.