The Toronto Blue Jays will add centre-fielder Anthony Gose as their 26th man for the nightcap of Thursday’s split doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.
Gose’s addition, which won’t be announced by the team until Thursday, is expected to only last for the one contest. He’ll provide manager John Gibbons with an option for defence and speed.
Teams are allowed to add a 26th man for doubleheaders if the games are scheduled more than 48 hours in advance. That isn’t the case for Blue Jays and Twins, but new for this season is a rule that lets clubs add an extra player for the second game only of a twin bill that is scheduled for the day after a postponement, as is the case here.
Blue Jays centre-fielder Colby Rasmus has been nursing a minor hamstring injury but he’s expected to be ready to play Thursday.
The prognosis for Adam Lind, whose back seized up in Monday’s 9-3 win at Minnesota, is less certain. Leading candidates for a call up at first base should Lind land on the DL are Juan Francisco and Dan Johnson, both at triple-A Buffalo.
In nine games with triple-A Buffalo this year, Gose hit .242 with a .375 on-base percentage and three doubles. The 23-year-old played eight of those games in centre field and one as the Bisons’ designated hitter.