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Josh Thole optioned to rookie-level Bluefield Blue Jays to take advantage of recall rules

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In a pretty brilliant move, the Blue Jays option catcher Josh Thole all the way down to the rookie-level Bluefield Blue Jays in order to take advantage of major league recall rules. Normally, a player that is sent down to the minor leagues would be required to remain there for 10 calendar days; however a player can be recalled immediately following the end of the season if the minor league team's season ends prior to those 10 days. Bluefield's last game is on September 1, so Thole can rejoin the Blue Jays on September 2, perfectly timed for R.A. Dickey's next scheduled start.

Thole was sent down because the club recalled Drew Hutchison from triple-A just in time for his start tomorrow (I'm sure Hutchison was already in Toronto tonight). In one start for the Bisons last Sunday, he allowed two runs on three hits in a short four-inning 71-pitch outing, striking out four and walking three.

In addition, the Blue Jays have claimed Danny (not Roger) Dorn on waivers after the DIamondbacks designated him for assignment a few days ago.

Dorn is a left-handed batter who has mostly played the corner outfield positions along with first base in his 10 minor league seasons with three organizations The 30-year-old made his major league debut with Arizona this April, but has spent the majority of his season with the triple-A Reno Aces..

A corresponding move is forthcoming as the Blue Jays have 40 players on their 40-man roster. Perhaps Devon Travis is destined for the 60-day disabled list?


Ty Kelly was designated for assignment to make room for Dorn.