|Blue Jays add Olmedo, Luna, designate Clayton, Clark for assignment|
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|Friday, 03 August 2007 17:27|
To make room on the roster, shortstop Royce Clayton and infielder Howie Clark were designated for assignment.
The Blue Jays have 10 days to trade Clayton and Clark, release them or send them to the minor leagues.
Olmedo batted .290 with one home run and 26 RBIs in 97 games at Triple-A, making 16 errors.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons plans to use Olmedo as a utility infielder for the remainder of the season while he auditions the 25-year-old for a similar role next year.
``We'll see what he can do,'' Gibbons said. ``He'll play some short here. He'll play a little second base and give (Aaron) Hill a day off every now and then.''
Drafted by Cincinnati in 1999, Olmedo appeared in 171 games for the Reds over parts of four seasons, batting .230 with two homers and 25 RBIs. The Blue Jays claimed him off waivers in January.
``Getting this opportunity again is exciting,'' Olmedo said.
The 37-year-old Clayton appeared in 69 games for the Blue Jays this season, batting .254 with one home run and 12 RBIs.
Clayton had been splitting time at shortstop with John McDonald, but saw his playing time dwindle as the season progressed.
``With what Royce has accomplished in this game, it's not fair to have him just sitting around here rotting,'' Gibbons said. ``He's had too much of an accomplished career.''
Clayton made his major league debut with San Francisco in 1991 and has played for 10 teams, hitting .254 with 110 homers and 723 RBIs. He was an All-Star for St. Louis in 1997.
Luna, 27, batted .251 with six home runs and 35 RBIs in 83 games at Triple-A Buffalo this season. He's played in 260 major league games over parts of three seasons, batting .276 with eight homers and 31 RBIs.
Clark, 33, appeared in 31 games for the Blue Jays, batting .204 with no homers and two RBIs.