As Major League rosters expand Sept. 1, five Buffalo Bisons got the call to Toronto.
The Blue jays recalled lefthanded pitcher Aaron Loup, righty Ryan Tepera, infielder Munenori Kawasaki and outfielder Dalton Pompey. They also selected the contract of lefty Jeff Francis and made room by designating Bisons lefty Colt Hynes for assignment.
Francis was 6-3 with a 2.35 ERA in 19 games and 14 starts for the Bisons. He gave the Bisons nine quality starts and tossed shutout baseball in six of his 14 outings.
Loup was optioned by the Blue Jays on Aug. 16, making his Triple-A debut with five appearances out of the Bisons bullpen. The southpaw posted a 4.50 ERA in six innings of work with five strikeouts and four walks allowed.
Tepera is 3-1 with a 1.06 ERA and three saves in 21 appearances for the Bisons this season. He has pitched shutout baseball in each of his last seven appearances, dating back to August 11 (10.0 IP, 5 H, 11 SO). Tepera has already been promoted to the Blue Jays twice this season.
Pompey has played 65 games over two stints with the Bisons. The outfielder has averaged .285 with seven doubles, a team-high four triples, one home run and 18 RBI. He also leads the Bisons with 16 stolen bases in 23 attempts. Since the Triple-A All-Star break, Pompey has the seventh best average (.324) in the International League.
Kawasaki is being promoted to the Blue Jays for a fifth time this season. In 62 games with the Bisons he averaged .245 (48-196) with eight doubles, eight RBI and eight stolen bases.
Hynes was 0-2 with a 3.16 ERA in 35 relief appearances with the Bisons. He struck out 24 and allowed 31 hits in 31.1 innings of work.