The Blue Jays have designated righty Edgar Gonzalez for assignment, according to a press release from the team. They also optioned lefty Ricky Romero to Triple-A and selected the contracts of righties Ramon Ortiz and Mickey Storey.
Gonzalez has been on and off 40-man rosters in recent months. The Astros removed him in November of last year, only to re-sign him to a minor league deal weeks later and re-add him to the 40-man on March 31st. They designated him for assignment on April 5th, and the Blue Jays claimed him two days later. The Jays were quickly able to outright Gonzalez to Triple-A. They selected his contract yesterday and he tossed 4 2/3 innings in relief of Romero, who recorded only one out against the Rays. All in all, Gonzalez has thrown 35 big league innings since 2011. He's shown good control at the Triple-A level, but has generally allowed more than a hit per inning.
Ortiz and Storey have been part of the Jays' revolving 40-man roster door as well, having both been removed in the past and added again today. The team's bullpen has been taxed given Romero's start yesterday and J.A. Happ's 1 1/3 inning outing on Tuesday. Happ survived a line drive off the head with a minor fracture on the left side of his skull, spraining his knee as well on the play. To everyone's relief, Happ said yesterday the injuries are "not serious or threatening."