• The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Todd Redmond off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo of the International League.
The 27-year-old split the 2012 season between the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds organizations. He appeared in 26 games, including 25 starts at the Triple-A level and had a combined record of 8-11 with a 3.63 ERA. The native of St. Petersburg, Fla., made his Major League debut last season with Cincinnati, losing his only start after allowing four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. To make room on the 40-man roster the Blue Jays placed right-hander Drew Hutchison on the 60-day disabled list.
• Before Friday's game, the Blue Jays announced that infielders Mike McCoy, Jim Negrych, Ryan Schimpf, Eugenio Velez, first baseman Luis Jimenez, and right-handers Ramon Ortiz and Claudio Vargas were returned to Minor League camp.
• Closer Casey Janssen, who had minor offseason shoulder surgery, has been brought along slowly and made his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game in Friday's 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. He had an efficient 11-pitch inning that included two strikeouts.
"The ball was exploding," manager John Gibbons said. "He was locating the ball well, that's his specialty. I thought he was popping the ball pretty well so that's a good sign."
"I'll take it, first time out there," Janssen said. "I guess it couldn't have gone any better. I actually had a little bit longer of a warmup, working on stuff just because the game is a little bit unknown, trying to spin the ball, get my curveball back, do some things that if I didn't have the opportunity [to use them in the game] it's still a workday even if it's not on the game mound."
Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.