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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Bo Schultz

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Bo Schultz is a 31-year-old right-handed reliever, who the Blue Jays picked up off waivers from the Diamondbacks, back in the off-season after the 2014 season.

He’s been up and down between Toronto and Buffalo a few times. As a Jay, over the past two years, he has pitched in 47 games and had a 4.10 ERA. In 59.1 innings, he has allowed 49 hits, with 10 home runs, 17 walks with 41 strikeouts.

For a guy that throws hard (fastball averaged 96.1 mph last year), he doesn’t get many strikeouts (14.7% strikeout rate). He was a ground ball pitchers 54.5% last year, but he gives up more home runs than you would like.

Bo throws hard and he doesn’t walk many, so you would expect him to be a good reliever. I’ve read people saying he’s been unlucky, but he hasn't had a lot of success in the minors. At some point must figure it isn’t bad luck.

He was out of options and it was likely that the Jays would have put him on the roster, because he would have been claimed if he was on waivers. Teams will always take a chance on a guy that can throw that hard.

Course, all that’s out the window, since he’s having surgery. Gibby said:

"He’s got a couple of (bone) chips in there and they’ll look at the ligament while they’re in there.”

Odds are that he’ll end up on the 60-day DL, which will give the Jays a spot on the 40-man. They need a spot on the 40-man for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but this really isn’t the way you’d want to open a roster spot.

I hope his surgery goes well and he’s back pitching soon.