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Blue Jays claim righty Gonzalez off waivers

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Edgar Gonzalez off of waivers from the Astros on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Gonzalez pitched 25 innings last year for Houston in six starts, posting a 3-1 record with a 5.04 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 18 strikeouts.

The native of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has made 47 starts and appeared in 113 games throughout his nine-year career, posting a 17-26 record with a 5.84 ERA.

Gonzalez will report to Detroit on Tuesday for the Blue Jays' series opener.

The Blue Jays will place Dustin McGowan on the 60-day disabled list to clear a roster spot for Gonzalez, but it will not become official until Gonzalez arrives in Detroit.

McGowan, 31, has pitched in only five games at the Major League level since 2008 -- all of them in '11 -- spending the majority of his time on the disabled list nursing a series of injuries.

The former first-round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, but he did appear in one game for Toronto during Spring Training. There is no timetable for his return.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for
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