Blue Jays Quick Hits: Steve Pearce, Preston Guilmet and more
Some Blue Jays news and notes from Saturday, July 7th, 2018, including a checkup on a former friend and some minor roster moves involving a reliever.
Preston Guilmet Outrighted
According to Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto on Twitter, right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet has been outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo after being designated for assignment earlier this week.
Guilmet, 30, was claimed off waivers by the Jays in June and has gotten into six games, pitching to an ERA of 9.00 in 8.0 innings, striking out five and walking four.
Sweeney Off the 40-Man
Utilityman Darnell Sweeney has been outrighted off the 40-man roster, making room for pitcher Thomas Pannone, who has just returned from serving an 80-game suspension for the use of banned substances.
Sweeney, a former Philadelphia Phillie, appeared in just one game for the Blue Jays. He did not register a plate appearance and has slashed .228/.309/.430 at Triple-A Buffalo.
Pearce On Fire in Boston
Since joining the Boston Red Sox, infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce has been a pleasant surprise for the juggernaut Sox, slashing .389/.389/.611 with four doubles in 18 at-bats. Appearing in six games, he’s scored three runs and has 11 total bases.
The native of Lakeland, Florida was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade that sent minor league infielder Santiago Espinal to the Jays on June 28th.
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Harris Demoted to Double-A
Shortly after making his Triple-A debut, Blue Jays pitching prospect Jon Harris has been demoted to Double-A New Hampshire, according to a team announcement.
The 24-year-old righty from St. Louis started two games for Buffalo, pitching to an ERA of 3.00 in 12.0 innings, striking out nine and walking just a single batter. He is currently the 30th ranked prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, according to MLB Pipeline.
Melky Back to Cleveland
Former Blue Jay Melky Cabrera has resigned with the Cleveland Indians, according to the Columbus Clippers on Twitter.
Cabrera, 33, appeared in 227 games as a Blue Jay, slashing a cumulative .293/.340/.421 with 19 home runs, 103 RBI, and 50 doubles. Following his stint in Toronto, he played for the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals.