PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday afternoon that infielder/outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo will receive an opportunity to make the 25-man roster.
Tuiasosopo was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks on Thursday, while left-hander Luis Perez was released in order to make room on the 40-man roster. The 27-year-old Tuiasosopo spent last season with the Tigers, and he recently became available because he's out of Minor League options on his contract.
"Played well for Tigers last year and we had good reports on him," Anthopoulos said. "He gives us a right-handed bat that has positional versatility. Obviously there isn't a lot of time left, but he'll come in and compete for a spot."
The Blue Jays have yet to decide whether they are going to start the year with seven or eight relievers. Their final decision on the pitching staff ultimately will dictate whether there are three or four spots up for grabs on the bench.
Utility man Maicer Izturis has one of those spots, and another will go to a backup catcher, either Erik Kratz or Josh Thole. That leaves Tuiasosopo competing for the fourth outfielder spot with Moises Sierra. Four men on the bench would mean the club could carry both players.
Tuiasosopo has the ability to play left field and the corner infield positions. In parts of four big league seasons with the Mariners and Tigers, Tuiasosopo is a career .207 hitter with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs in 152 games.
Janssen, Dickey appear in Minor League game
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Right-hander Casey Janssen made his unofficial spring debut with a scoreless inning of work in a Minor League game on Friday afternoon.
Janssen had yet to make an appearance this spring because of a sore right shoulder. He threw batting practice earlier this week, and soon after got clearance to pitch in an actual game.
Toronto's closer allowed just one hit while striking out two. He threw 10 of his 17 pitches for strikes, and his next game likely will come against a Major League lineup. The goal remains for Janssen to appear in back-to-back games before the end of camp.
Right-hander R.A. Dickey also pitched in that Minor League game, and he allowed four runs on nine hits over the course of eight innings. Three of those runs came in his final inning of work, and he allowed one home run.
The most important aspect of Dickey's outing was that he once again reached the 100-pitch plateau. It marked his second consecutive start with at least 100 pitches, which had been his stated goal for the past several weeks.
Dickey is now expected to ease back on his pitch count during his final spring start of the year, which will come against the Yankees on March 26. That will mark his final preparation before making an Opening Day start vs. the Rays on March 31.