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Blue Jays reliever Sergio Santos clears waivers, will be assigned to minors

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Sergio Santos throws in the bullpen during practice at their American League spring training facility in Dunedin, Florida, February 29, 2012.

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Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Sergio Santos has cleared waivers and will be assigned to the club's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

The team designated the 31-year-old reliever for assignment on Monday with the hope that a minor-league stint will help him return to major-league form.

Other teams had until Wednesday to claim him off waivers but his $3.75-million salary may have discouraged them.

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Santos also hadn't been helping the Blue Jays much lately, giving up five earned runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings over his last four appearances. He issued four walks in that time.

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