The Blue Jays are reinstating Chad Green from the 60-day injured list tomorrow, tweets Eric Treuden of Jays Journal. He’ll take one of the expanded roster spots. Treuden and Robert Murray of FanSided report that the Jays will recall Spencer Horwitz with the other vacancy. In order to clear space on the 40-man roster for Green, Toronto is likely to transfer Hagen Danner from the 15-day to the 60-day injured list.
Green’s activation is the biggest news. The right-hander is in line for his first major league appearance since May 2022. Green injured his elbow and required Tommy John surgery that month. It ended his seven-year tenure with the Yankees, as he headed to free agency last winter.
The Jays and Green agreed on a complicated free agent pact. He’s making $2.25MM this season. At year’s end, the Jays will have to decide whether to trigger a three-year, $27MM team option. If they decline, Green would have a $6.25MM player option for next season. If he declines, Toronto could circle back on a two-year, $21MM pact. If all three provisions were declined, he’d return to free agency.
How Green looks down the stretch should play a role in his long-term future. Before the injury, he was a very valuable multi-inning relief arm in the Bronx. Green owns a 3.17 ERA with a 32.5% strikeout rate over 383 2/3 career frames. Toronto already has one of the game’s best bullpens, ranking fourth with a 3.47 ERA. If Green can immediately recapture his old form, he’d join the likes of Jordan Romano, Jordan Hicks, Tim Mayza and Trevor Richards in the middle to late innings. Erik Swanson could also factor into that mix but is currently on the injured list.
Green has made 12 minor league rehab outings over the past six weeks. He started with three rookie ball appearances and has pitched nine times with Triple-A Buffalo. In nine innings, he has allowed only three runs (two earned) with 11 strikeouts and one walk.