Amongst the flurry of roster moves today is another major league debut. Murphy Smith’s contract has been selected and he will join the Blue Jays as a much needed fresh arm. Smith has a 3.59 ERA this season with the Bisons. He has pitched in 26 games, starting 7 of those. He has held opponents to a .255 average, and carries a 1.37 WHIP.
Minor Leaguer tweeted about Smith earlier today:
I am so happy to hear of Murphy Smith's apparent callup. He just turned 31 and has spent 10 years in the minors, last 4 in the Blue Jays org.— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) August 27, 2018
Last year at this time he was being thawed for a spot start: https://t.co/dua90OEe0X
Ben Wagner has more on his call up story here:
Murphy’s wife, three brothers and parents are expected to be here tonight. #bluejays https://t.co/b1nQUGsHvw— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) August 27, 2018
We will look forward to seeing him pitch.
To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Luis Santos was DFA’d. I have a feeling he may clear waivers.
Smith also needed a 25-man spot so Jake Petricka, who has also been quite good in his time with the team, was optioned as well.
Danny Barnes was also recalled as another fresh arm, and Justin Shafer was sent back down after a job well done. He did not allow an earned run in his brief time in the majors.
Welcome to the show Murphy, and welcome back Danny!