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BLUE JAYS RECALL QUIROZ FROM SYRACUSE

August 26, 2005

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled catcher Guillermo Quiroz from Syracuse of the International League (AAA) and have designated catcher Ken Huckaby for assignment.

Quiroz, 23, has split the 2005 season between Dunedin of the Florida State League (A) and Syracuse (AAA) appearing in just 35 games. He began the season on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain and then was sidelined with a collapsed lung. In 11 games with Dunedin the 6-1, 200 lb. right-handed hitter batted .237 with two home runs and six RBI. With Syracuse, the native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, hit .215 in 24 games with six home runs and 19 RBI. In 2004 he appeared in 17 games for Toronto and hit .212 with six RBI.

Huckaby, 34, has appeared in 34 games and hit .202 with three doubles and five RBI. After starting the season with Syracuse his contract was purchased by Toronto on April 25. The 6-1, 220 lb. resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, appeared in nine games with Syracuse and hit .219. Huckaby is a career .222 batter with three home runs and 29 RBI in 152 games over parts of five seasons with Toronto, Arizona, Baltimore and Texas.