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Blue Jays' unusual Rule 5 experiment will make Luciano theirs long-term

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TORONTO – Shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Elvis Luciano took the field at Rogers Centre and started throwing. By the time he stopped roughly 20 minutes later, the Blue Jays had seen enough to declare him game ready.

As simulated games go, this one looked rather unremarkable–simply a chance for Luciano to test his stuff against advanced hitters under the supervision of trainers and coaches. But considering the timing of the throwing session, it was more significant than it may first have seemed.

Afterward, manager Charlie Montoyo suggested the 19-year-old could be activated by Wednesday or Thursday. Assuming that happens, he’ll be active for the 18 additional days he needs to reach 90 on the season and meet the minimum requirement for Rule 5 picks. In other words,........

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