Athletics designate Kyle Blanks and Josh Lindblom for assignment


The trade between the Athletics and Blue Jays involving Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie has been made official.’s Jane Lee reports that the A’s have made a couple of additional roster maneuvers, designating outfielder Kyle Blanks and pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment.

The Athletics acquired Blanks, 28, in a trade with the Padres in May, sending Jake Goebbert and Ronald Herrera to San Diego. In 56 plate appearances with the A’s, Blanks hit .333/.446/.489 but suffered from tendinitis in his left Achilles, keeping him out between late June and mid-August. He returned for seven games with Triple-A Sacramento before ending his season.

Lindblom, 27, joined the A’s last December in a trade with the Rangers involving Craig Gentry. Lindblom made only one start at the big league level for the A’s, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings. In 84 innings over 16 starts and one relief appearance with Triple-A Sacramento, the right-hander posted a 5.79 ERA with a 60/26 K/BB ratio.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.