Hague has been told he won't make Minnesota's final 25-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Hague has had a good spring as he's hitting .359, but he'll need to prove himself in the minors after producing a .685 OPS with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan last year.
Hague went 1-for-2 in Wednesday's spring training loss to Pittsburgh. He's hitting .444 (4-for-9) this spring. Hague spent 2016 in Japan but had just a .685 OPS with the Hanshin Tigers. He's a long shot to make Minnesota 25-man roster, but a strong spring could put him in consideration for a call-up if injuries strike early in the season.
Hague signed a minor league contract with the Twins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old spent 2016 in Japan, but after only producing a .685 OPS with the Hanshin Tigers, Hague decided to come back stateside to play. He's only a year removed from being the International League MVP, so he could be a cheap source of power if he can translate any of that Triple-A success to the big leagues this spring.
The Blue Jays recalled reliever Steve Delabar and infielder Matt Hague from Triple-A Buffalo.
The Blue Jays have recalled catcher Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo. Thole was sent down to the minors in early June, after going 7 for 26 in nine games for Toronto. His numbers haven't gotten a whole lot better with Buffalo, as he owns a .228 average with no home runs in 45 games. But, Thole does have plenty of experience in catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels. So it is likely that Thole will be in the lineup for the series-finale on Sunday. To clear room on the roster, first baseman Matt Hague was sent down to Triple-A.
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