Blue Jays cut five pitchers from big league camp

West, Guilmet, Infante, Copeland and Burke sent to Minors

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays made a series of cuts on Saturday by sending Matt West, Preston Guilmet, Gregory Infante, Scott Copeland and Greg Burke to Minor League camp.

The five subtractions leave Toronto with 54 players in the Major League portion of Spring Training. That number includes 24 pitchers, six catchers, 15 infielders and nine outfielders.

The moves hardly come as a surprise with the Blue Jays looking to trim the number of pitchers in camp while their starters begin to go deeper into games. Another round of cuts can be expected in the coming days after Toronto plays in a pair of split-squad games on Sunday.

West and Guilmet were optioned to Minor League camp and could become a factor in the bullpen at some point later this season. Infante, Copeland and Burke were all non-roster invitees to Spring Training and it's not immediately clear where they'll begin the season.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.