The Toronto Blue Jays signed 29-year-old Scott Diamond to a minor league contract this past November
According to this morning’s report from Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Toronto Blue Jays are about to add some more Canadian content.
Left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond is expected to be recalled from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons today in a move aimed to support a taxed bullpen.
Once a promising starter with the Minnesota Twins, Diamond has never come out of the bullpen at the major league level. This season for the Bisons, Diamond has made 12 starts with a 3.16 ERA. In 74 innings he has struck out 37 batters and walked just 14.
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The Blue Jays’ last off-day was on June 2nd and they will not see another until this coming Monday, June 20th. While Diamond does not offer a typical bullpen profile, his length will allow the Blue Jays to chew through innings in a lopsided game and save their higher-leverage arms.
Diamond last pitched on June 7th, which may have given him the edge for a call-up over fellow triple-A lefty Wade LeBlanc, who would be working on one less day of rest.
Nicholson-Smith suggests that Diamond’s 40-man roster spot could be cleared by transferring reliever Franklin Morales from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day. Given that Diamond is also out of options, he will need to clear waivers when the Blue Jays choose to return him to the minor leagues.