Blue Jays activate Estrada, designate Drake for assignment

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada delivers. (Tony Dejak/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays announced a series of roster moves Monday.

Starting pitcher Marco Estrada was activated off the disabled list ahead of his start Monday against the Oakland Athletics.

Estrada last pitched on July 3 when a glute strain forced him out of a start against the New York Mets in the first inning. Estrada has logged a 4.72 ERA through 17 starts this season. The 35-year-old right-hander is a pending free agent and is one potential trade chip the Blue Jays could use ahead of Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Reliever Oliver Drake, who the Blue Jays claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on July 26, was designated for assignment.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and new acquisitions Ken Giles and David Paulino were added to Toronto’s 40-man roster.

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