Blue Jays recall Alfonzo, place McDonald on DL

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays called up veteran infielder Edgardo Alfonzo from Double-A New Hampshire on Monday and placed utility infielder John McDonald on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.

Alfonzo, who signed a minor-league contract with Toronto on Thursday, was released by the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month after batting .100 in 18 games.

He hit .277 last season for the San Francisco Giants, with two home runs and 43 RBI in 109 games. He has a career batting average of .285 with 281 doubles, 146 home runs and 740 RBI.

The 32-year-old Alfonzo will play second base while Aaron Hill shifts to shortstop. The Blue Jays put Alfonzo in the starting lineup against Boston on Monday night, but as of two hours before the game he still hadn't arrived because his flight was delayed.

Toronto manager John Gibbons was familiar with Alfonzo from their days when Gibbons was an instructor in the New York Mets farm system. Gibbons recommended general manager J.P. Ricciardi sign the longtime second and third baseman.

"He's had some big years in the big leagues. He's tailed off, but that's mother nature," Gibbons said. "This gives us and him a boost."

McDonald hurt his groin Saturday while running to first base.