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Matt Dermody sent to Buffalo

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Baseball is a pretty cruel game.

Jays call up Matt Dermody. He pitches in one game. Gives up 5 runs, getting 1 out. And gets sent back to Buffalo with a 135 ERA. Poor guy.

Jays aren’t saying who well be replacing him.

I’m going to make a suggestion that they aren’t going to take, but let’s call up Anthony Alford.

Alford is hitting .464/.471/.607 with 1 home run, 7 walks, 6 RBI and 4 steals, at Double A New Hampshire. Yeah, he’d have to jump Triple-A, but players do that all the time (actually he hasn’t had much time above A ball, but let’s not spoil a fantasy with little facts).

Anthony would give us something we don’t have: speed. And he would be better defensively than anyone else we have for left field. And he might be fun to watch and I really need something fun to watch.

No word on Dalton Pompey’s progress in recovering from his concession. It will be awhile before he’s candidate to play for the Jays. When he is able to play, the Jays will want to see him play for a good while before putting him on the major league roster.

Yeah, I know, they’ll call up another back of the pen reliever, who will pitch once and then head back to Buffalo. I’d say it was Chris Smith’s turn, but he’s on the Bison’s DL. Maybe Danny Barnes?


There is no word on J.A. Happ’s MRI. I’m thinking we won’t hear anything until tomorrow. I don’t see any chance that he won’t end up on the DL, but I’m going to remain hopeful that it will be a short stay. And the Jays can use his roster spot to call up a back of the pen reliever and wait until Friday to call up a starter.


Speaking of guys hitting well in the minors, third baseman Jason Leblebijian is hitting .367/.457/.700 with 3 home runs in 30 at bats. Jason is 25, he was a 25th round pick in the 2012 draft. He’s never been a prospect, but he’s hit fairly well all up the Jays system and has played all the infield positions.

I mention him because I wasn’t exactly thrilled with Chris Coghlan’s first couple of games with the Jays. It’s another move that’s not likely to happen.


Half my Twitter feed is saying the Jays should trade everyone (the other half is picture of the US President standing beside a giant bunny), but what they don’t get is it takes two to make a trade. No one is looking to make trades right now, teams want to see what they have and give it time to decide where they need help. Teams aren’t going to give up a bunch of their best prospects when they don’t know if, two months from now, they might wish they had those guys to fill a hole that they weren’t expecting.

You don’t see big trades in April and May, In June and July, yeah, then there could be moves.