Blue Jays claim LHP Hynes from Dodgers

President and CEO Paul Beeston, right, and general manager Alex Anthopoulos talk as they watch the Blue Jays during baseball spring training in Dunedin, Fla. (Nathan Denette/CP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed left-handed relief pitcher Colt Hynes off of waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and assigned him to their triple-A Buffalo affiliate.

The 29-year-old has spent the 2014 season pitching for Los Angeles’ triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. In 42 relief appearances, he has a 4.08 ERA with 46 strikeouts against 10 walks over the course of 53 innings. The 2007 31st round draft pick has allowed 56 hits this year, including six home runs.

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Hynes pitched in 22 games for the San Diego Padres last year, allowing 17 earned runs in 17 innings pitches. He stands 5-foot-11 and has a lifetime ERA of 3.64 in eight minor league seasons with the Padres and Dodgers organizations.

The Blue Jays began the day with three empty 40-man roster spots, so they don’t have to remove anyone to create space for Hynes, who will provide depth for the Bisons.

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