Ohlman said he's been working on a shorter swing to maximize his power and potential, The Buffalo News reports.
The catcher made his major-league debut in early May only to be designated for assignment a few weeks later. He eventually settled on a Triple-A deal with Toronto, and Ohlman is hopeful he'll return to MLB in due time. Making his swing more efficient and powerful was a priority this offseason. "Stay short to the ball. You can be short and have a bigger swing. That's what we worked on because I wasn't maximizing my potential in the power category," the 26-year-old said. "I'm glad to have some results to show for it." Last season, he combined for just seven home runs in 78 games with Double- and Triple-A. Ohlman has eight already this year, and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound backstop is enjoying a career-high .982 through 30 games with Triple-A Columbus.
Ohlman accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Buffalo, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
The Blue Jays designated Ohlman for assignment over the weekend, and after passing through waivers, he'll return to the organization at the Triple-A level. Now that Ohlman is off the 40-man roster, he's unlikely to be called back up anytime soon unless Russell Martin or Luke Maile land on the disabled list.
Ohlman had been up with the Blue Jays during Russell Martin's stint on the DL, but with Martin returning Saturday, the club needed to clear a roster spot. The 26-year-old catcher will now be subject to waivers but could return to the Blue Jays' organization if he goes unclaimed.
Ohlman was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Russell Martin's return from the DL will end Ohlman's stint with the big-league club for the time being. Ohlman went 2-for-9 with an RBI and three strikeouts over four games with the Blue Jays. He'll return to Buffalo, where he has seven home runs in just 69 at-bats this season.
Ohlman will start at catcher Monday against the Braves, Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports.
Manager John Gibbons said the rookie will start to give Luke Maile a break. The latter is just 1-for-31 (.032) over 10 games, so Ohlman could grab the attention of his skipper with a big day at the plate (and, of course, solid defense behind the dish). Thus far, Ohlman has played in one game (0-for-3 with a strikeout) since joining the club last week when Russell Martin (shoulder) landed on the DL. At best, the 26-year-old is an extreme punt play Monday in daily formats.
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