By on May 27, 2012

courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays

The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have placed OF BEN FRANCISCO on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, optioned LHP EVAN CRAWFORD to Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League (AAA), recalled first baseman DAVID COOPER from Las Vegas and selected the contract of RHP RYOTA IGARASHI from Las Vegas.

COOPER, 25, is batting .298 this season in 42 games for Las Vegas with 12 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 34 RBI.  The left-handed hitting first baseman has an on-base percentage of .378 after recording 22 walks with just 19 strikeouts.  In 27 games with the Blue Jays in 2011 the 6-0, 200 lb. native of Stockton, California hit .211 with seven doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI.

CRAWFORD, 25, has appeared in eight games for Toronto this season without a decision and has an ERA of 7.36.  The 6-2, 190 lb. left-handed pitcher has allowed 10 hits in 7.1 innings with five strikeouts.

FRANCISCO, 30, has appeared in 16 games for Toronto this season posting a .206 batting average.  The right-handed hitting outfielder was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on December 12, 2011 in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Frank Gailey.

IGARASHI, who turns 33 on May 29th, has appeared in 19 games for Las Vegas this season posting a 1-1 record with four saves and an ERA of 1.29.  The 5-11, 200 lb. native of Chiba, Japan has struck out 28 batters this season in 21.0 innings with just 10 hits and three walks.  The right-handed pitcher has a Major League record of 5-2 in 79 games over two seasons with the New York Mets (2010-2011).  Igarashi signed as a minor league free agent with the Pittsburgh Pirates and was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on March 30, 2012 for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Igarashi the Blue Jays have transferred RHP DUSTIN McGOWAN to the 60-day disabled list.

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