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Four players sent down in next round of cuts

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DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays' projected 25-man roster became a little more clear Monday morning when the club announced another series of cuts.

Right-hander Dave Bush, right-hander Brad Lincoln, outfielder Anthony Gose and catcher Josh Thole were all sent to Minor League camp prior to the club's afternoon game versus the Phillies.

Back-up catcher Mike Nickeas also was informed he won't make the Opening Day roster but will remain with the big league club until they finish a two-game series in Philadelphia at the end of Spring Training.

There were no real surprises in the Blue Jays' decisions but it does mean that Henry Blanco has officially won the backup catcher position. Blanco was the clear-cut favorite heading into camp but did receive some competition from Thole and, to a much lesser extent, Nickeas.

Bush had been in the mix for the long reliever role but was considered a longshot behind Brett Cecil and Jeremy Jeffress. Bush's slim chances of making the team evaporated when he surrendered six runs in only two innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.

All four players sent to the Minors on Monday are expected to start the year at Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays now have 34 players remaining in camp.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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