The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed infielder Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox, the team has announced. To make room on their 40-man roster for Gomez, Toronto designated right-hander Dave Bush for assignment.
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Gomez was designated for assignment last week by the Red Sox to open a roster spot for rookie outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Over 50 plate appearances this spring, he hit .156/.240/.200 for Boston.
Making his major league debut last season, Gomez hit .275/.324/.422 with five doubles, two triples and two home runs over 111 plate appearances for the Red Sox. The infielder spent a majority of the year with the team's Triple-A affiliate, hitting .310/.371/.589 with 34 doubles and 24 home runs over 426 plate appearances.
The Red Sox signed Gomez as a free agent in February of 2012. He came up through the Texas Rangers' minor league system before signing with the Atlanta Braves in 2009 as a free agent.
Bush made one appearance for the Jays this season prior to his release. The 33-year-old was shelled for five runs on five hits -- including four home runs -- with a walk and strikeout over three innings. Over parts of nine seasons in the majors, the veteran owns a career ERA of 4.73.