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Blue Jays claim Mauro Gomez; DFA Dave Bush

Blue Jays have claimed infielder Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Red Sox and designated Dave Bush for assignment.


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.

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.


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