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Blue Jays bring Ramon Ortiz back to the big leagues

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Ramon Ortiz pitched for the Cubs in 2011. (USATSI)

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In an effort to alleviate the strain on their bullpen, the Blue Jays have called up veteran right-hander Ramon Ortiz from Triple-A. Outfielder Casper Wells has been designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Ortiz, 40, did not pitch in the majors last year. He appeared in 38 games (four starts) for the Dodgers and Cubs from 2010-11 after spending 2008 in Japan and 2009 in Triple-A. Ortiz went 59-49 with a 4.60 ERA with the Angels from 1999-2004, including a 15-9, 3.77 ERA effort during their World Series title year in 2002.

Toronto has gotten more than five innings out of its starting pitchers just twice in the last seven games and no more than 6 1/3 innings in any of their 12 games. Ortiz was starting in Triple-A and will be able to provide length out of the bullpen.

Wells, 28, was claimed off waivers from the Mariners last week. The right-handed hitting outfielder hit lefties (.264/.349/.489) and plays solid defense in all three outfield spots. He'll surely get claimed off waivers again.

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