Blue Jays call up Thames to face Cardinals
McCoy shipped to AAA Las Vegas as Toronto looks for offensive spark
The Toronto Blue Jays have called up Eric Thames from AAA Las Vegas, hoping the outfielder can help wake up Toronto's slumping bats.
The Jays announced the move Thursday, sending infielder Mike McCoy down to clear roster room. McCoy has appeared in 35 games this season for Toronto and batted .217 with a home run and four runs batted in.
Thames returns to a team in the midst on an offensive dry spell. The team has lost four straight games, scoring a collective three runs over that span.
Toronto has lost nine of its last 13 games, a slide that has knocked them out of contention in the American League East.
Thames has batting .375 for Las Vegas this month, with eight doubles, two triples, one home run and 15 RBIs in 17 games.
He has a .286 average and four RBIs in 13 games this season with the Jays.
In other moves Thursday, Toronto signed right-handed prospects Joseph Musgrove and Kramer Champlin. Both were selected in this month's draft.