The Blue Jays announced Wednesday they have added third baseman Brett Lawrie to the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain.

Lawrie, 23, suffered the injury in Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves while sliding awkwardly into second base.

But rather than call up a third baseman from Triple-A Buffalo, the Jays chose instead to bolster their overworked bullpen, which threw eight innings on Tuesday and is also dealing cautiously with closer Casey Janssen, who is not yet 100 per cent after offseason shoulder surgery.

With reliever Esmil Rogers making a spot start here against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, adding to the bullpen became even more of a priority. So the Jays called up three pitchers from Triple-A Buffalo: right-handers Todd Redmond and Neil Wagner, and lefty Juan Perez.

After Tuesday’s game, the Jays announced they had optioned right-hander Thad Weber back to Buffalo and designated journeyman Ramon Ortiz for assignment, creating the extra two roster spaces.

So it appears as if, at least for the time being, utility infielder Mark DeRosa will be starting at third base for the Jays while Lawrie’s ankle heals.

Wagner, 29, is a late-inning reliever in Triple-A Buffalo and often the closer. The hard-throwing right-hander — who touched 99 m.p.h. in spring training — has 13 saves in 13 opportunities to go along with a 0.89 ERA in 19 appearances.