Toronto loses two players on waiver claims

Toronto loses two players on waiver claims

Toronto loses two players on waiver claims
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays lost catcher Brian Jeroloman and right-hander Cole Kimball on waivers Friday afternoon.

Jeroloman was claimed by the Pirates, while Kimball was picked up by the Nationals, who previously lost the reliever on waivers to Toronto earlier in the week.

The 26-year-old Jeroloman spent the vast majority of the 2011 season with Triple-A Las Vegas. He hit .240 with two homers and 26 RBIs in 79 games.

Jeroloman was called up to the big leagues in late August, but he was unable to get into a game during the final six weeks of the year. He was considered a depth player and didn't have much of a future with the club following J.P. Arencibia's emergence at the big league level and Travis d'Arnaud's status as a top prospect.

Kimball's tenure in Toronto comes to an end after just three days. The 26-year-old is coming off surgery on his right shoulder, and after the club examined his medical records, it was expected he would be out until at least midseason.

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 last 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.