In the less interesting of the two roster transactions of the day, the Blue Jays announced that catcher Dioner Navarro has been re-activated after missing the minimum three games to tend to a private family issue. To make room for Navarro, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reported that the Blue Jays optioned reliever Neil Wagner to triple-A Buffalo, making the choice to keep three catchers rather than nine relievers.
Navarro is in the starting lineup and catching, probably to the relief of starter Mark Buehrle. The two have developed quite a rapport this season with Buehrle completely trusting Navarro's game calling (note also Brendan Kennedy's swipe at Navarro's predecessor at the end of that piece).
Going the other way is Reliever With Options Neil Wagner, who had a single forgettable outing in his latest stint with the big club. On Wednesday, Wagner faced 11 Cleveland batters and managed to retire just four of them, giving up six runs on six hits and a walk on the way. He will likely resume his role as the Bisons' closer.
Ouch, this must hurt the ego:
Gibby explained that with McGowan back in bullpen, Wagner became redundant. Also, like keeping Kratz to spell Navarro & provide RH option.— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) May 17, 2014