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Blue Jays activate All-Star closer Romano, fellow reliever Erik Swanson off 15-day IL

 The Associated Press  |    Apr 16th, 2024 8:19pm EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays activated All-Star closer Jordan Romano and fellow right-hander Erik Swanson off the 15-day injured list before Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees.

Romano had been sidelined since spring training with right elbow inflammation and Swanson with right forearm inflammation.

Toronto optioned right-hander Nate Pearson to Triple-A Buffalo. Righty Mitch White was designated for assignment.

Romano, who turns 31 on Sunday, went 5-7 with a 2.90 ERA and 36 saves in 40 appearances last year and made the AL All-Star team for a second straight season. He last pitched in a spring training game on March 10 and made minor league rehabilitation appearances for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday and Saturday.

Swanson, 30, appeared in 69 games for Toronto in 2023, going 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA and four saves in six chances. His last spring training game was March 13, and he made three appearances for the Bisons, on April 7, Thursday and Saturday.

A four-year veteran, Pearson was demoted despite not allowing a run in six appearances this season. Pearson has struck out nine and allowed four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Acquired from the Dodgers in 2022, White stopped a 20-game winless streak with Toronto on March 31 when he pitched three scoreless innings to beat Tampa Bay. He had a 7.71 ERA in his next three appearances before being cut.

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