Blue Jays Roster Churn Continues: Gose Up, Storey Down, More to Come
June 2, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose (8) scores during the 11th inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Fret not Anthony Gose. If you were upset earlier in the week to be passed up by the Blue Jays when they promoted Kevin Pillar instead, your time has likely come.
According to John Lott of National Post, the Blue Jays will promote the speedy Gose for Friday’s game and send down right-hander Mickey Storey to create the roster spot.
This will be the second tour of duty in Toronto this season for Anthony Gose, who previously appeared in a 13 games between May 20th and June 5th. During that span, the 23-year-old hit .304 with 4 runs scored. There was also one memorable jaunt where he used his excellent wheels to score from second on a passed ball against Baltimore.
Since that initial call-up, Gose has struggled at Triple-A Buffalo, with his bat, his stolen bases, and his maturity. In 106 games for the Bisons, he’s hitting just .239 with a .652 OPS. However, his August performance has been substantially better, with Gose plugging away at .283 with a .778 OPS.
Surrendering his roster spot to Gose will be Mickey Storey. The 27-year-old Storey was also on his second tour of Toronto, but managed to get into only 1 game and striking out the only batter he faces. In three games total this season, he has a 6.75 ERA, having allowed 3 runs in 4 innings. In 30 games out of the bullpen for the Bisons, Storey is 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA and a 10.8 K/9 ratio, so he could be a candidate to return when rosters expand next month.
Finally, as Lott indicates above, the Blue Jays will have one further roster move to make, when J.A. Happ is activated from the Bereavement List. That likely means that either Neil Wagner or Thad Weber head back to Buffalo, with Esmil Rogers sliding back into the bullpen.
Until next time on, As The Roster Churns.