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Blue Jays News: Saltalamacchia gone, replaced by Maile

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Lawrence optioned, Dermody called up

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The Jarrod Saltalamacchia era is over. I’m glad I never learned to spell his name. Shi Davidi tells us that he is on his way out.

Salty hit .040/.077/.040 in 10 games, 25 at bats. The ‘fun’ part was the 16 strikeouts. And 9 steals against with no caught stealing (though he really did get the out at 3rd base last night, if it had been reviewed, we might have had a different outcome to the game).

Luke Maile gets the call up from Buffalo, not that he was hitting much there, .195/.214/.195 (cue the ‘in my days players didn’t get promoted for .195 averages speech from Zaun) in 42 at bats, over 12 games. But he has thrown out 1 of 4 base stealers. Maile has 52 games of experience in the majors, all with the Rays. He hit .214/.234/.338 and threw out 31% of base stealers in that time.

Also Casey Lawrence was sent back to Buffalo. Matt Dermody gets the callup. Matt was up once earlier this month, getting 1 out, while allowing 5 earned. He’s a lefty. In Buffalo, he’s pitched 8 innings, allowed 10 hits, 6 earned, 2 homers, 1 walk with 9 strikeouts. That’s a 6.75 ERA.

Lawrence made two starts, and had a 7.94 ERA, with 6 walks and 5 strikeouts, in place of Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez is to be activated and will make a start this weekend, so we figured Casey was on his way back to the Bisons. We used a bunch of relievers yesterday, so a fresh arm would be a good thing.

What to do with my Saltalamacchia jersey? I guess I could rearrange the letters to spell, well, almost any other player’s name.

Bye Salty, I’d love to say it has been fun. I did have hopes that he would be a reasonable backup to Martin.