Toronto recalled catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo to take Gillespie's spot on the 25-man roster. The addition of Kratz had been talked about for the past several days with manager John Gibbons suggesting on Monday that he would be a "big addition" to the squad.
Kratz had a lengthy stint with the Blue Jays earlier this season. He'll likely start either behind the plate or at DH when Adam Lind sits vs left-handed pitchers. Kratz had three homers and 10 RBIs while appearing in 30 games for the Blue Jays.
Gillespie was added to play right field until Jose Bautista's hamstring is fully recovered. That plan changed within 24 hours, though, as the Blue Jays went on to claim outfielder Nolan Reimold. That left Gillespie without a defined role, but he was scheduled to receive some occasional starts at DH.
That role appears better suited to Kratz. The 34-year-old is an asset at the plate vs lefties and is the best defensive catcher the Blue Jays have. He'll split time with Dioner Navarro and Josh Thole in a three-catcher system.
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