Infielder Jonathan Diaz and reliever Chad Jenkins have officially re-joined the Toronto Blue Jays. The team made two related moves to create space for the additions, optioning Erik Kratz to triple-A Buffalo and formally placing Sergio Santos on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.
Jenkins appeared in three games for the Blue Jays earlier this year, but has spent most of the season at triple-A Buffalo. The right-hander has a 2.55 ERA with 15 strikeouts and three walks in 17.2 innings for the Bisons. He’ll provide the Blue Jays with an arm capable of logging multiple innings after a couple of taxing days for the bullpen.
Diaz appeared in 22 games for the Blue Jays this year, playing second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. The 29-year-old batted just .176/.282/.206, however. He joins Josh Thole and Steve Tolleson on Toronto’s bench.
Kratz has two home runs and a .231/.231/.462 batting line in 26 plate appearances with the Blue Jays this year. The Blue Jays have two catchers even after optioning the right-handed hitting 33-year-old to Buffalo with Thole and Dioner Navarro still available.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi first reported that Jenkins and Diaz were headed to Toronto.