Blue Jays bring back versatile Yan Gomes
Catcher/1st baseman/3rd baseman gets call ahead of veteran Vladimir Guerrero
The much-anticipated arrival of Vladimir Guerrero in Toronto remains on hold as the Blue Jays have summoned Yan Gomes.
The versatile infielder was recalled from AAA Las Vegas, with right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez returned to the 51s to make room on the 25-man roster.
Gomes hit .227 with two home runs, five runs batted in and .296 on-base percentage during a 22 at-bat stint with the Jays earlier this season.
He will provide manager John Farrell with some versatility on the bench as Gomes can play catcher, third base, first and potentially left field.
Gomes’s arrival allows the Blue Jays to return to a seven-man bullpen the team employed the past two weeks.
"I think our ability to go back to seven relievers is key for us," Farrell said. "It gives us another potent right-handed bat to go up against a left-hander. There's a good chance he'll [Gomes] be on the field [Wednesday] against [White Sox left-hander Jose] Quintana.
"His versatility, his right-handed bat and he showed very well in the time he was here previously."
In 41 games this season with Las Vegas, Gomes hit .349 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.
Chavez made just one appearance for Toronto and allowed three earned runs in five innings during a relief outing against the Texas Rangers.
He will return to the starting rotation in Las Vegas.