Blue Jays sign Wilton Lopez, Caleb Gindl and Jake Fox

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According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays have agreed to minor league contracts with right-hander Wilton Lopez, outfielder Caleb Gindl, and infielder Jake Fox. They all received invites to major league spring training.

Lopez was quietly one of the best relievers in the game from 2010-2012 with the Astros, but he really struggled with the Rockies in 2013 and made just four appearances in the majors this past season. The 31-year-old had a 4.57 ERA and 35/6 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate.

Gindl appeared in six games with the Brewers this past season and batted just .227/.310/.354 with eight home runs and 32 RBI over 110 games in Triple-A. The 26-year-old showed some pop and patience in a small sample with the big club in 2013 and could be a fit as a left-handed bench bat.

Fox, 32, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2011. He split 2014 between the independent Atlantic League, the Mexican League, and the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate. If history is any indication, he’ll hit a bunch of home runs for the Blue Jays in the spring.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.