The TORONTO BLUE JAYS announce that OF ADAM LOEWEN and LHP JESSE CARLSON have been outrighted off the 40-man roster.
LOEWEN, 27, returned to the Major Leagues for the first time since July 6, 2008 and for the first time as a position player when he started on September 7 vs. BOS. The Vancouver, British Columbia native became the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays, appearing in 14 games batting .188 with one home run and four RBI. The left-handed hitter spent most of 2011, his 3rd as a position player, with Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, posting a .306 average with 46 doubles, 17 home runs and 85 RBI. The 46 doubles ranked 2nd to teammate David Cooper for most in the PCL.
CARLSON, 30, spent all of 2011 on the disabled list. The New Britain, Connecticut experienced arm soreness in the spring and underwent season ending rotator cuff surgery on May 24. In 162 Major League games, the left-hander is 8-8 with three saves and a 3.63 ERA.