Blue Jays claim Canadian INF Bowman from Mets

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed third baseman Shawn Bowman on

waivers from the New York Mets.

Bowman is a 25-year-old native of British Columbia. He spent

last season with Binghamton of the Eastern League and hit .294 with

nine home runs and 44 RBIs.

Bowman played in 12 spring training games for the Mets this year

before being designated for assignment. He was a member of the

Canadian team at the 2009 World Baseball Classic but did not appear

in a game.

The Blue Jays optioned his contract to Triple-A Las Vegas on

Wednesday.