Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar catches a fly ball hit by Houston Astros' Alex Bregman during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
George Bridges
August 23, 2016

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has been activated off the 15-day disabled list and is starting in center field against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

Right-hander Ryan Tepera was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to clear a spot for Pillar, out since Aug. 6 with a sprained left thumb.

Second baseman Devon Travis was not available Tuesday after getting a cortisone injection in his sore right ring finger. Darwin Barney is starting in his place.

Outfielder Jose Bautista (left knee) is expected be activated off the 15-day DL as soon as he is eligible on Thursday. Manager John Gibbons said Bautista will DH often to protect his knee.

Known for making highlight reel catches, Pillar is batting .261 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs. He played in 109 of Toronto's first 111 games.

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