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  • Jays acquire Fred Lewis

    TORONTO -- In a bid to add depth to their bench, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Fred Lewis in a trade with the San Francisco Giants, shuffling two other players to help make room.

    Pitcher Dustin McGowan has been moved to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day disabled list, and outfielder Jeremy Reed has been optioned back to Toronto's triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. The Jays landed Lewis for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    "Just a way to improve our bench, improve our depth a little bit," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "Fred Lewis is a guy we talked about at the end of spring training. He had an issue with his oblique and needed to get healthy."

    Lewis, 28, bats left and runs quickly. He broke in with the Giants four years ago, and has a .277 lifetime average. He was the team's opening day left-fielder last year, finishing the year with four home runs, 20 runs batted in and eight stolen bases.

    He had not appeared in a game with the Giants this season because of a strained left oblique muscle.

    McGowan, meanwhile, is expected to begin throwing at the end of the month. The 28-year-old has not pitched in a regular season game in two years, and has been fighting to return from shoulder surgery.

    Anthopoulos said the extended stay on the disabled list does not mean McGowan has suffered a setback.

    "It's just a paperwork move to clear up a 40-man spot," Anthopoulos said. "It doesn't change anything. I actually called him earlier today, just wanted to let him know if we needed a 40-man spot because sometimes, players aren't (offered an explanation), and they don't understand what it means.

    "It doesn't change his program at all. It doesn't change his timeline."

    The shuffling did change Reed's timeline, though. The 28-year-old was promoted from Las Vegas on Monday and made his first start with the Blue Jays on Thursday, going one-for-three in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

    "This is the ultimate goal," Reed said quietly by his locker after the game. "So I'll just go back and do what I'm supposed to."
    Kind of feel bad for Reed because I think he did pretty well in spring traning and right as he gets the call up, he's being sent back down.

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    Take it or leave it. Maybe we could give Lewis a look in RF and have Bautista play more 3B. Not convinced Lewis should be more than a 4th outfielder though.

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