Jays claim Russ Canzler, acquire contract of Can-Am pitcher
3B/OF hit .269 with 3 HRs, 11 RBIs in 26 games with Indians in 2012
The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday claimed third baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler on waivers from the Cleveland Indians, the same day they purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Tony Davis from the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League.
Canzler hit .269 in 26 games with the Indians in 2012, posting three home runs and 11 runs batted in.
Toronto added Canzler to the 40-man roster and outrighted right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey to AAA Buffalo of the International League.
The 26-year-old Canzler batted .265 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 130 contests with the AAA Columbus Clippers last season.
Davis, 24, went 2-0 with a 1.06 earned-run average in 20 appearances for Quebec in 2012. The Newberry, Fla., native was used mostly out of the bullpen against left-handed hitters.
Davis was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round in 2009 but was released this spring. He joined Fargo-Moorhead of the American Association before he was traded to Quebec in July.
He had a 2.51 ERA in 44 appearances with the Twins' AA affiliate from 2009 to 2011.
Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini said in a statement that the Jays made the move to fill a need for left-handed relievers in their organization.
Davis is the second Capitales pitcher sold to a major league club in recent weeks. Right-hander Chris Cox of St. George, Ont., a Blue Jays' 2011 draft pick, was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks in November.