We knew there would be a bunch of roster moves today, let’s run through them quick:
- Cavan Biggio moves up to Toronto.
- Lourdes Gurriel and Thomas Pannone get recalled.
- Zac Rosscup is added.
- Richard Urena and Billy McKinney both get optioned to Buffalo.
- Ryan Feierabend gets DFAed to make 40-man room for Biggio.
- Elvis Luciano goes on the Bereavement List.
Biggio, of course, has had a very nice start to his 2019 season, hitting .307/.445/.504 with 6 home runs. He’s cooled off a bit of late, hitting .246/.388/.369 in May. I’m hoping he is up to stay. Whatever happens, get him 300-400 at bats. He’ll likely be playing a lot of outfield. We now have two sons of Hall of Famers on the roster, which must be a first in the MLB. WE are going to be unbeatable in father/son games. Hoping they can draft Roy Halladay’s son and give us 3 sometime in the near future.
Gurriel, as you remember, was having a tough time with the throws from second to first. I’m hoping he’s over it. He’ll likely play a fair bit of outfield too, and move around a bunch. He was hitting .273/.305/.479 in Buffalo. He was having a rough time in May, hitting.194/.224/.292 in 18 games. Again....keep him in Toronto the rest of the way.
Pannone has been up and down between Toronto and Buffalo a bunch. He last pitched in Buffalo last Saturday, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 homer, 1 walk with 3 strikeouts, in 2.2 innings. He might only be up until Elvis returns.
Rosscup was picked off waivers from the Mariners. He had a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings for them. Career he has been very very good vs. LHB (.129/.277/.242) and very very bad vs. RHB (.322/.400/.610). The plan is to make him a LOOGY.
McKinney has had a terrible time this season, .229/.278/.371 with 3 home runs. Perhaps he can figure things out in Buffalo.
Urena will be back I’m sure. He’s been up and down a lot. There is no word on why Elvis is going on the BL (I’ve been on and off it myself of late, my mother-in-law passed away this week).
Feierabend had a pretty rough time in his two Blue Jays appearances. I hope he clears and we keep him in the organization.
Also worth noting, there will be a couple of new Canadians in the Padres lineup this weekend. Cal Quantrill, son of Paul, is to start tomorrow’s game and Josh Naylor got a callup too, and will be in the lineup this weekend.
Very excited to see Biggio.