An earlier report suggested Ohlman was just being optioned back to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Miguel Montero's (groin) return from the disabled list, but the 26-year-old backstop will actually lose out on a 40-man roster spot. Ohlman still seemingly has a good chance at remaining in the Blue Jays organization as catching depth at Triple-A, provided he goes unclaimed off waivers.
Ohlman was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Ohlman was banished back to the minors to make room for Miguel Montero (groin), who was the first of the Blue Jays' three injured catchers to return from the disabled list. During his brief stay with the big club, Ohlman picked up four at-bats while serving as the primary backup to Raffy Lopez.
Ohlman becomes the beneficiary of an injury-depleted Blue Jays catching corps, as Russell Martin (oblique) joined Miguel Montero (groin) and Luke Maile (knee) on the 10-day disabled list Saturday. The rookie backstop made his major-league debut for Toronto earlier this season, going 2-for-9 over five games before being sent back to Triple-A. Ohlman's .222 batting average in the minors leaves much to be desired, however, and he'll be splitting starts with Raffy Lopez until Montero is able to return.
Ohlman will be recalled Saturday if an MRI reveals Russell Martin (oblique) needs to be placed on the disabled list, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
By all indications, Ohlman will likely be needed for Saturday's game against the Pirates. However, he can travel light considering Miguel Montero (groin) is eligible to come off the DL as early as Sunday. Even if the latter isn't ready this weekend, Montero will certainly usurp Ohlman by the middle of next week.
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.
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