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Blue Jays designate right-hander Jeremy Jeffress for assignment

Apr 6, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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The Blue Jays went with an eight-man bullpen out of spring training in part so that they wouldn’t have to expose right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to waivers, but they are already changing course.

Jeffress was designated for assignment this morning after he allowed a solo homer and two walks in one inning of work in his season debut last night against the Red Sox. Veteran right-hander Dave Bush has been called up from Triple-A Syracuse and will replace him in the bullpen. The Jays are expected to move back to a more traditional seven-man bullpen once Brett Lawrie is ready to return from his rib cage injury.

Jeffress throws hard, but his control has kept him from establishing himself on the big league level. The 25-year-old averaged 5.4 BB/9 in the minors and has issued 32 walks in 39 2/3 innings in the majors. While the Blue Jays would be happy if he passed through waivers unclaimed, somebody will likely take him on as a project.

  1. Mark - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    It’s embarrassing that the Jays are using an 8 man bullpen. About time they got rid of Jeffress who had no business making the team. Yes, there’s a chance they’ll lose him on waivers, but he’s not that good.

    What’s the bigger issue with calling up Bush and keeping the 8 man pen? With Bautista out of the lineup today, the bench is reduced to two players. One of the bench bats (Blanco) will only come in for an emergency situation if something happens to Arencibia. So the Jays bench consists of Maicer Izturis, who should be playing 2B over Bonifacio. Last night Boni showed why he has no business playing in the infield, and should be used only in emergencies.

    • jaysjunkie - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Yes, but Bonifacio also saved the game on Thursday with a couple of defensive plays. He’s an interesting one, I must admit…the Friday night game he just completely botched a couple of routine plays, especially that one where he threw the ball away.

  2. dolphincult - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Again, I am wondering if it is just the marketing machine at work because I am still not certain that this BJays team is worth any more fuss than the last few that have been hyped in the spring

  3. billysabre - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Couple of notes
    Bush was called up from aaa buffalo
    An 8-man bullpen the first week of the yr is actually quite smart as youre still stretching out the arms
    Bautista needs to stop being a tin man. Between him and Lawrie, this is the only way they don’t do a lot of damage in the east this year.

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