TORONTO -- The Blue Jays optioned utility man Yan Gomes to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday in a corresponding move following Monday's roster shakeup.
After a 6-3 loss to the Nationals, Toronto optioned Chad Beck -- who threw 3 2/3 emergency innings of relief after starter Brandon Morrow was removed with a left oblique injury -- to Vegas and recalled left-handers Aaron Laffey and Evan Crawford.
Gomes hit .226 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 14 games with the Blue Jays this season. He was demoted instead of David Cooper and fellow utility man Mike McCoy as a way to maintain a versatile roster.
"It just seemed like it was a move to protect the club right now, and keeping Cooper's left-handed bat," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "But it was close. We could have gone with McCoy, we could have gone with Cooper, we just felt that Gomes was probably the move to make. It's not that anybody deserved to go down, but we needed to send one of those guys down."
The Blue Jays needed to make a move following Monday's game because of an overtaxed bullpen. Toronto will temporarily carry eight relievers, but another roster move is expected in the near future as Morrow likely will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Crawford has been up and down with the club all season and sports a 7.36 ERA over 7 1/3 innings of relief. Laffey, meanwhile, who was acquired by the Blue Jays in the offseason, has yet to make an appearance with Toronto this season.