The Blue Jays announced a roster move before Monday’s game in Kansas City, purchasing the contract of left-hander reliever Matt Gage and adding him to the active roster.
Reliever Jeremy Beasley was optioned to Triple A to clear a spot on the 26-man roster. Nate Pearson, who’s been rehabbing from a bout with mono in spring training, was transferred to the 60-man injured list. The move clears a spot on the 40-man for Gage but changes nothing for Pearson, since he’s been on the IL since April 7 and will be retroactively able to return in early June.
Gage, 29, was a 10th-round pick of the Giants in 2014. He has since bounced around the minor leagues, and eventually signed a minor-league contract with Toronto on Nov. 29 that included an invite to 2022 spring training.
The lefty has been quietly excellent in Triple A Buffalo this season, where he’s operated as the Bisons’ part-time closer. Through 16.2 innings, Gage has a 1.08 ERA to go with 21 strikeouts, five walks, and zero home runs allowed.