The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired utility infielder Cliff Pennington in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Toronto sends 20-year-old shortstop Dawel Lugo to the Diamondbacks. The Blue Jays will receive cash from Arizona to help cover Pennington’s salary, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports.
Pennington, 31, is primarily a shortstop but can also play second and third base. He batted .237 with a .595 OPS in 72 games for Arizona this season.
The trade comes just hours after Toronto manager John Gibbons told reporters that second baseman Devon Travis is still being bothered by a lingering shoulder injury. Travis was initially injured in April and spent six weeks on the disabled list in May and June. He returned and was placed on the DL again on July 29. Travis is eligible to be activated on Thursday but Gibbons said that will not be possible, as the team is still unsure when he will be able to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.
Jamie Romak, a 29-year-old utilityman, will be promoted from Triple A to take Pennington’s roster spot for the Diamondbacks.
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