MONTREAL (AP) _ Montreal sent reliever Mel Rojas outright to the minors on Thursday, just five days after the Expos brought back their former closer.

Rojas, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Ottawa on June 26, was sent to back to the Lynx following the Expos' 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. He appeared in three games for Montreal, allowing five runs in 2 2-3 innings.

Rojas, who is expected to report to Ottawa, saved 109 games for Montreal from 1990-96, including a career-high 36 saves in 1996.

Rojas began the season with Los Angeles and had a 12.60 ERA in five appearances with the Dodgers. He was traded to Detroit on April 17 and was released by the Tigers on May 3 after posting a 22.74 ERA in five appearances. He gave up 11 runs in 1 2-3 innings against Seattle on April 29.

Montreal will recall Jeremy Powell from Ottawa to start against Florida in Miami on Saturday.

Powell is 3-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 16 starts for the Lynx this season. He was 1-5 in seven games for the Expos last year with a 7.92 ERA in 25 innings, including six starts.