After using six relievers in an eleven-inning game on Sunday, the Blue Jays were in need of a fresh arm in the bullpen for Monday's game so they recalled right hander Ryan Tepera from triple-A Buffalo, who last pitched on Saturday. This is Tepera's third recall of 2016 and this latest promotion comes after a successful five-game stint with the Bisons for whom he pitched nine innings of four-hit shutout ball, striking out 10 while walking just one.
To create room on the 25-man roster, Toronto designated the out-of-options Jimmy Paredes for assignment.
RHP Ryan Tepera recalled from Buffalo. To make room, INF Jimmy Paredes has been designated for assignment.— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 30, 2016
Paredes, 27, was acquired on waivers from the Orioles two weeks ago. During his brief stint with the Blue Jays, Paredes was used primarily as a switch-hitting bat off the bench who would pinch hit for either Darwin Barney or Ryan Goins in late innings. Paredes had four hits and two walks over 17 plate appearances as a Blue Jay, hitting a double and a home run.
If Troy Tulowitzki was not on the disabled list, the logical move would have been to option Goins to get him regular at bats, but both Goins and Barney are needed to play the middle infield positions when Devon Travis gets a day off (like today) as he himself is returning from an injury. Paredes is an infielder in name only.
As mentioned, Travis will not be starting in tonight's game against the Yankees.