Ahead of their three-game series in the House of Horrors—Tropicana Field—against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Blue Jays made an adjustment to their active roster. Toronto has recalled righty Brock Stewart from triple-A Buffalo and have optioned Yennsy Diaz back to double-A New Hampshire.
Stewart, 27, was recently claimed on waivers from the Dodgers and was optioned to triple-A. He did not make an appearance for the Bisons and hasn’t pitched since July 30 when he threw five innings in a start for the Oklahoma City Dodgers against the Salt Lake Bees. He can be the long man out of the bullpen if need be, or can be saved for Wednesday’s start.
Stewart made the Dodgers’ opening day roster but after he gave up multiple earned runs in his only three appearances out of the bullpen, he was sent to triple-A where he was tagged for a 7.34 ERA, which is not impressive as Oklahoma City is in the American Division of the Pacific Coast League. He has shuttled between the majors and the minors for the Dodgers sine 2016, with a career ERA of 5.46 through 36 games (11 starts), striking out 71 and walking 42 through 84 innings. His career year appeared to have been back in 2016 when he was a 24-year-old prospect.
He inherits David Phelps’ old #35. Stewart was set to wear #19 for the Bisons to commemorate Michael “MC” Collins, a high school friend who was killed at age 22 when he was struck by an impaired driver.
Diaz returns to the Fisher Cats after a brief debut appearance with the Blue Jays in which it was clear that his nerves got the better of him. His first major league pitch was delivered to the backstop and ended up with four walks, including two with the bases loaded.
Yennsy Diaz's first major league pitch was juuussssssssssst a bit outside. pic.twitter.com/SekKpOYC57— Pan American Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) August 4, 2019
The young Diaz has good stuff but probably just ended up just overthrowing his pitches. He will be back.
Blue Jays Lineup
Charlie Montoyo will be running out this lineup today against the Rays, with the American League Player of the Week batting fifth: