Lake was claimed by the Blue Jays on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Lake was DFA'd by the Orioles a week ago after splitting time between Triple-A and Baltimore over the final few months of the season. The outfielder will likely begin the season in Triple-A for the Jays organization, and he's unlikely to make a significant impact at the major league level in 2016.
Lake was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Thursday. He rode the shuttle between Triple-A and Baltimore over the final couple months after the Cubs cut bait, logging all of 22 plate appearances in three separate stints with the big club. Given his contact woes and struggles against same-handed pitching, Lake seems likely to receive limited opportunities again wherever he lands next.
With the Triple-A season just about over, the Orioles recalled a handful of players from their affiliate in Norfolk on Tuesday. Right-handers Oliver Drake and Tyler Wilson join outfielder Junior Lake and infielder Christian Walker as September callups for the Orioles. Each player has spent time with the Orioles earlier this season, and will help fortify the roster down the stretch.
The Orioles have recalled outfielder Junior Lake, first baseman Christian Walker and right-handers Tyler Wilson and Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk, per the Virginian-Pilot. Wilson is the only one of the four that did not have a short stint with Baltimore earlier in the year. He is 5-5 with a 3.24 ERA this season with the Tides.
The Orioles have announced the promotions of reliever Jorge Rondon and left fielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk. Rondon pitched in five games for Baltimore this season. Two awful appearances resulted in an 11.88 ERA. Lake is batting .208 (15-for-72) in two stints with the Orioles in 2015.