Ryan released; Downs back from DL

Updated: July 8, 2009, 6:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays have released one-time closer B.J. Ryan and activated current closer Scott Downs from the 15-day disabled list.

Toronto announced the moves before Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Ryan has struggled this season, going 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA in 25 relief appearances. The left-hander allowed 22 hits, including five homers, and 17 walks over 20 2/3 innings.

"It was one of those things with Downs coming back and us needing ...

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