That has resulted in the promotion, and while there's no immediate timeline for his return to the big leagues, he'll now at least be able to test his arm vs. better competition.
The 31-year-old has appeared in just five games since 2008 because of multiple shoulder surgeries. He's also dealt with foot and knee injuries in the past but once again is on the comeback trail.
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.