The move cleared room on Toronto's 40-man roster for Brian Tallet, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday night. Though he is excited to join the parent club, the left-handed reliever wished his promotion could've come under different circumstances.
"I got lucky to get called back up," Tallet said on Monday, when he joined Toronto at Fenway Park. "God knows, there's no way in the world I'd want B.J. Ryan to get hurt. That's the only reason I'm up here right now. That's one of my good buddies, and that's a real hit to this team."
Tallet provides the Blue Jays with a second left-handed option in the bullpen, which has had only one southpaw (Scott Downs) in the mix since Ryan got hurt. Having two lefties available will help Toronto over the next four games, in which they play road contests against Boston and New York -- teams that boast strong left-handed hitters.
At the end of Spring Training, the Jays sent Tallet outright to Triple-A after he posted a 9.00 ERA in Grapefruit League play. The move came as a shock to the lefty, who contemplated whether or not to accept the assignment. Had Tallet declined, he would've become a free agent.
"I kind of thought I had a spot on the team -- I thought I had earned that right," said Tallet, who had a 3.81 ERA in 44 games for Toronto in '06. "But until they say, 'Hey, here's a guaranteed contract,' nothing is guaranteed. I found that out the hard way this year."
Instead of testing his luck elsewhere, Tallet decided to head to Syracuse for the Blue Jays, and to learn from the situation -- one that he said taught him not to take anything for granted. In seven games with the Chiefs, he posted a 1.35 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
Under the weather: Lyle Overbay made the trip to Fenway Park Monday afternoon, but Jays manager John Gibbons immediately sent the first baseman back to the team's hotel.
Gibbons said that Overbay was sick all morning with stomach pain and the manager adjusted his lineup accordingly. Jason Phillips started at first, and designated hitter Frank Thomas moved back into the cleanup spot for the Blue Jays. Overbay returned to the stadium prior to game time, but did not start.
Glaus update: Gibbons said that third baseman Troy Glaus, who is on the 15-day DL with a sore left heel, is expected to join the Blue Jays on Wednesday for the first tilt of their two-game series against the Yankees.
In New York, Glaus will take batting practice and run through fielding drills with the club. That way, the Blue Jays can better determine if the 6-foot-5 slugger can be activated from the DL on Saturday, when Toronto hosts the Rangers.
Impressed: It took a week, but pitcher Jamie Vermilyea -- called up on April 15 -- finally made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays on Sunday. The right-hander turned in three scoreless innings, and was optioned back to Triple-A after the loss to the Orioles.
"He came in and threw strikes," Gibbons said. "I imagine he could've said, 'Why are you sending me down? I haven't given up anything.' No, he was grateful, and I'm sure he'll work his way back up here."
Paying tribute: Tallet has gained a reputation for the unexpected when it comes to his facial hair. On Monday, he emerged from the visitors' clubhouse at Fenway Park sporting a Fu Manchu mustache. He went with the look out of respect for catcher Sal Fasano, who was his batterymate with Triple-A Syracuse.
"Last night I had a goatee," Tallet said with a smile. "Me and Sal have been down there in Triple-A together and we got to be fairly close. ... I went with the Fu Manchu. He had it down there and I thought I'd bring it up here and see what happens."
Did you know? Entering Monday's action, Toronto right fielder Alex Rios ranked fourth among active players with a .348 career batting average against the Red Sox.
Coming up: Toronto ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 2.37 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound when the Blue Jays take on the Red Sox tonight at 7:05 ET at Fenway Park. Boston will counter with right-hander Julian Tavarez (0-1, 6.75 ERA).