With the first month of baseball season nearly complete, it's time for the annual roster shuffle, where players return to Triple A for fine tuning while others get a look in the big leagues.
It was an active 12 hours for the Toronto Blue Jays and Buffalo Bisons, starting with the official release at 11:39 Friday night announcing that the Blue Jays selected the contracts of outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and right handed pitcher Scott Copeland. In return the Jays optioned outfielder Dalton Pompey and left handed pitcher Andrew Albers.
Saturday morning came the official word that infielder Andy Wilkins was designated for assignment. Wilkins has been with the Bisons all season long, but the move takes him off Toronto's 40-man roster, creating space for Carrera.
The Bisons gained two players from Double-A New Hampshire, right handed pitcher Casey Lawrence who will start for the Herd in Saturday's game against Louisville, and Ryan Schimpf who will bat fifth as the designated hitter.
Pompey's demotion isn't necessarily a surprise. The outfielder played 23 games with the Blue Jays where he hit .193 with six doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He bolted through the organization last year, starting in Single A Dunedin then advancing to Double-A New Hampshire. HE played in 12 games with the Bisons last year, hitting .358 with five doubles, five RBI and six stolen bases earning him a September call-up to Toronto.
He made the Blue Jays roster out of spring training, but admitted to reporters he was playing scared after a particularly difficult game in April.
Pompey has played 23 games with the Blue Jays this season and has averaged .193 (16-83) with six doubles, two home runs and six RBI. He appeared in 12 games with the Bisons a season ago and hit .358 (19-53) with five doubles, five RBI and six stolen bases.
Albers was up and down in a day. He was promoted to the Blue Jays on Friday and allowed one run a 2 2/3 innings of relief in a 9-4 loss at Cleveland. He had made four starts for the Bisons this year going 1-3 with a 3.09 ERA.
Copeland goes up to the Blue Jays after a 2-1 record in four starts for Buffalo and a 1.44 ERA that led all Bisons' starters.
Carrera hit .325 in 21 games with the Bisons with a team-high six stolen bases and nine multi-hit performances.