Blue Jays Acquire OF Fred Lewis

The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Fred Lewis from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Lewis has yet to appear in a game this season after being placed on the disabled list by the San Francisco Giants on April 4 with a strained left oblique muscle. Today he was activated from the disabled list following his recall from a medical rehabilitation assignment with Fresno of the Pacific Coast League, where he hit .409 in seven games with one home run and six RBIs.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound left-handed batter was selected by San Francisco in the second round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. In four Major League seasons with the Giants, he has appeared in 326 games, posting a .277 batting average with 53 doubles, 16 triples, 16 home runs, 81 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.

To make room for Lewis, the Blue Jays have optioned OF Jeremy Reed to Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League and transferred RHP Dustin McGowan from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.


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