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Roster Moves: Blue Jays acquire Nick Kingham from Pirates, Elvis Luciano to IL

Justin Shafer has been recalled, and Ryan Tepera heads to the 60 Day IL

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Today, I’d like to thank the Toronto Blue Jays for grouping their roster moves together, and sending them out while I’m on my lunch break.

Our first roster move today is a total surprise which absolutely no one saw coming:

It’s not the end of June yet, but 32% of BBB readers *predicted* Elvis may be on the IL around this time.


By the end of June, Elvis will be:

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Still playing for the Jays
    (287 votes)
  • 32%
    On the injured list
    (172 votes)
  • 14%
    Back with Kansas City
    (77 votes)
536 votes total Vote Now

If activated by September 1st when rosters expand, Luciano will accrue the 90 days of MLB service time required to stay in the Blue Jays system and be optioned down next year.

Shafer has a 1.59 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched in AAA Buffalo. He has already been up with the Jays once so far this year, giving up 2 earned runs over 3.2 innings.

The Blue Jays also traded for swingman Nick Kingham, who was recently DFA’d by the Pirates.

I like him already:

Kingham presently has a 9.87 ERA which *checks notes* is actually an improvement over Edwin Jackson. He has pitched 34.2 innings over 14 games this year, starting four. He has 32 strikeouts, has walked 17, and carries a WHIP of 2.048.

Kingham was a top 100 prospect on both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus pre-2014 season.

Down in Buffalo, Bo Bichette is back in the lineup.

Welcome back, Justin, and welcome to the team, Nick!