TORONTO -- The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Cole Kimball off waivers from Washington on Wednesday afternoon.
The Nationals had been trying to outright Kimball to Triple-A, but they were unable to get him through waivers.
The 26-year-old had surgery on his right shoulder in July and is facing a rehab that is expected to last until at least February.
Kimball went 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 12 games for the Nationals in 2011. He held opponents to a .174 average and had scoreless outings in 10 of his 12 contests.
The New Jersey native also appeared in 12 games for Triple-A Syracuse this season. He posted five saves and didn't allow a run in 13 2/3 innings.
Kimball has appeared in 166 career games in the Minor Leagues, with a 4.33 ERA and 33 saves. His best season came in 2010, when he went 8-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 18 saves in Class A and Double-A.
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