44-year-old Vizquel to be put on Blue Jays' roster

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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Omar Vizquel will be added to the Toronto Blue Jays' roster, making the backup infielder the oldest active position player in the major leagues.

The Blue Jays told Vizquel on Wednesday, a month before his 45th birthday,

The 11-time Gold Glove winner had signed a minor league contract on Jan. 23. He spent the previous two years with the Chicago White Sox as a utilityman and mentor to younger players.

Vizquel turns 45 on April 24. The three-time All-Star shortstop from Venezuela is batting .433 in 15 spring games. He had a bunt single and scored a run in Toronto's 9-3 victory Wednesday over Baltimore.

The Blue Jays optioned Mike McCoy, Vizquel's primary competition, to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.