The Toronto Blue Jays officially selected the contract of infielder Dan Johnson before Friday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, as first reported by Sportsnet.
The Blue Jays decided to promote Johnson following an injury to Adam Lind, who has been placed on the disabled list after breaking a bone in his foot.
Johnson signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays last November, but has yet to play for the team at the big league level. The 34-year-old has been playing at triple-A Buffalo, where he has hit 17 home runs with a .248/.402/.471 batting line in 94 games as the Bisons’ starting first baseman.
The left-handed hitter also has experience at the big league level, having batted .236/.337/.411 in parts of eight seasons with the Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox. While he has mostly played first base, he has some experience at third base and in left field.
The Blue Jays designated Bobby Korecky for assignment to create a 40-man roster spot for Johnson. The right-hander appeared in two games for the Blue Jays this year, but he has spent most of the season with the Bisons. In 36 relief appearances, he has a 0.57 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 11 walks allowed.