The Blue Jays announced that they have signed free agent Ryan Langerhans and have added him to the active roster. To make room, Brett Cecil was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. The Blue Jays needed to add someone to the roster with Adam Lind and Moises Sierra hurting and Rajai Davis waiting on the birth of his child.
Langerhans has had an interesting season. He signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays in the offseason and played for the Buffalo Bisons until he was released on June 21. He subsequently inked a deal with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League about a week later, and played for them until the Bisons lost their entire outfield. The Blue Jays re-signed Langerhans to help the Bisons out for the last week of their season, something that their general manager was very thankful for. After the Bisons season ended, he asked for his release so that he could re-join the Skeeters' playoff run. Unfortunately, the Skeeters were swept by the Somerset Patriots in the Freedom Division Championship Series, with their season ending on September 20.
We first speculated that Langerhans would be one of the top choices to fill in the roster as all other minor leaguers in the system have not played for at least three weeks while Langerhans was still playing until last Friday. There could be one more move coming: could Blake Gailen be far behind Langerhans?
Brett Cecil was shut down for the season with elbow inflammation back on September 13 anyway so his transfer to the 60-day DL is just to open up a roster spot and not a sign that his condition had changed.
Langerhans will join the Blue Jays in Baltimore, playing first base for Adam Lind. Sierra will be playing in right field.
Also: remember this horrible collision during spring training between Langerhans and Mike McCoy?
Brendan Kennedy tweeted out some updates when after speaking with John Gibbons in the clubhouse:
Lind is day-to-day with a sore back. Gibby said it "locked up on him" yesterday while rounding third. Got worse when he swung. #bluejays— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) September 26, 2013
Langerhans was playing in the independent Atlantic League last week. McCoy was also an option, but hadn't played since Sept. 2. #bluejays— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) September 26, 2013
Langerhans was in his car on his way to a hunting trip when he got the call, Gibbons said. ... Rajai Davis left for birth of first child.— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) September 26, 2013
Sierra back in the #bluejays lineup, so he's alright. Drabek also walking around the clubhouse with no problem, so he looks alright.— Brendan Kennedy (@BKennedyStar) September 26, 2013