Blue Jays claim Breyvic Valera off waivers, add 3 others to player pool

Toronto Blue Jays' Billy McKinney is congratulated by Breyvic Valera after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees. (Michael Owens/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Thursday.

Valera split time between the Blue Jays and New York Yankees in 2019, slashing .234/.308/.383 over 17 games.

Toronto also added right-handed pitcher Bryan Baker, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Josh Palacios to its 60-man player pool. The Blue Jays initially submitted 58 names for their pool, so Thursday’s roster moves push that number to 62.

As Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi notes, the only way to carry more than the allotted 60 players is for some to be placed on the COVID-19 injured list, which suggests more Blue Jays have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Multiple players and staff members tested positive last week.

Utility man Brandon Drury, outfielder Jonathan Davis and pitchers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez were all placed on the Blue Jays’ 10-day injured list retroactive to June 30, per the MLB’s official transactions page.

The 2020 MLB season is scheduled to begin on July 23 or 24. It is unclear at this point where the Blue Jays will be playing home games.

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