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Chavez optioned to make room for Gomes

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays optioned right-hander Jesse Chavez to Triple-A Las Vegas following Tuesday night's 9-5 victory over the White Sox to make room on the 25-man roster for utility man Yan Gomes.

Chavez made just one appearance for Toronto and allowed three earned runs in five innings during a relief outing against the Rangers. He will now return to the starting rotation in Las Vegas and continue to provide organizational depth.

The return of Gomes marks the end of an eight-man bullpen that the club had been using for the past two weeks. Gomes previously appeared in eight games for the Blue Jays this season and hit .227 with two home runs and five RBIs in 22 at-bats.

Gomes will provide manager John Farrell with added versatility off the bench. He has the ability to play catcher, first, third and possibly even left field.

"I think our ability to go back to seven relievers is key for us," Farrell said. "It gives us another potent right-handed bat to go up against a left-hander. There's a good chance he'll be on the field [Wednesday] against [White Sox left-hander Jose] Quintana. His versatility, his right-handed bat and he showed very well in the time he was here previously."

Gomes hit .349 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 41 games with Las Vegas this season.

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TOR Full Game Coverage ONTO -- The Blue Jays optioned right-hander Jesse Chavez to Triple-A Las Vegas following Tuesday night's 9-5 victory over the White Sox to make room on the 25-man roster for utility man Yan Gomes.

Chavez made just one appearance for Toronto and allowed three earned runs in five innings during a relief outing against the Rangers. He will now return to the starting rotation in Las Vegas and continue to provide organizational depth.

The return of Gomes marks the end of an eight-man bullpen that the club had been using for the past two weeks. Gomes previously appeared in eight games for the Blue Jays this season and hit .227 with two home runs and five RBIs in 22 at-bats.

Gomes will provide manager John Farrell with added versatility off the bench. He has the ability to play catcher, first, third and possibly even left field.

"I think our ability to go back to seven relievers is key for us," Farrell said. "It gives us another potent right-handed bat to go up against a left-hander. There's a good chance he'll be on the field [Wednesday] against [White Sox left-hander Jose] Quintana. His versatility, his right-handed bat and he showed very well in the time he was here previously."

Gomes hit .349 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 41 games with Las Vegas this season.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.