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Roster Moves: Jonathan Davis, Javy Guerra, Pannone Up, Buchholz to IL, Socrates Brito DFA’d

The Socrates Brito era has come to an end in Toronto

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A roster shakeup was inevitable after the Blue Jays’ recent stretch of terribleness. Here it is in bulleted form for easy comprehension:

  • SP/RP Thomas Pannone was optioned down yesterday, but he has been recalled as Clay Buchholz is headed to the IL with right shoulder inflammation - a tough hit to an already depleted rotation
  • RP Javy Guerra’s contract has been selected (again), to backfill Thomas Pannone’s spot from yesterday. He had a 5.40 ERA (3.53 FIP) in 10 innings pitched with the Jays earlier this season
  • To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Socrates Brito has been DFA’d. He had 3 hits (seems like more than I recall) and struck out 17 times in 43 plate appearances with the Jays. He is currently worth -0.7 bWAR this season. Should the Jays place him on waivers, I am confident he will clear.
  • OF Jonathan “JD” Davis (Anthony Alford’s brother-in-law) has been recalled from AAA, and he gets Brito’s 25-man spot. He had 5 hits in 25 at bats as a September call up last year, and he’s currently hitting 306/.493/.633 (1.125 OPS) with 4 homers in 16 games in Buffalo. He has 16 walks to 13 strikeouts. He can play center field, and will apparently do so tonight. A well deserved call up.

I hope Jonathan Davis will get a fair share of MLB playing time. It’s a good opportunity to see what he can do.

Apparently Vlad Jr will be moved up to the number 2 slot tonight - something many of us here have been advocating for.

Welcome back, JD and Javy!