Jays will ease Downs into closer role

Updated: August 24, 2009, 6:21 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have activated closer Scott Downs and put third baseman Edwin Encarnacion on the 15-day disabled list.

The Blue Jays made the moves Monday.

Downs is 1-3 with nine saves and a 3.41 ERA. Toronto manager Cito Gaston said he'll ease the left-hander back into the closer's role. Downs went on the DL for the second time this season Aug. 2 after aggravating an injury to his left big toe.

Encarnacion was put on the DL because of a strained left hamstring. The move was retroactive to Aug. 21.

The Blue Jays got Encarnacion in a trade with Cincinnati on July 31 for Scott Rolen. Encarnacion is hitting .186 with one homer and three RBIs since the deal. He's been out since hurting himself Thursday night.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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