Blue Jays news and notes from the morning of April 8th, 2019, including the health of a potential bullpen option and the struggles of Sócrates Brito.
Adam Placed on IL
Right-hander Jason Adam has been placed on the 7-day injured list, the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons announced Saturday. With the Blue Jays this spring, Adam pitched to an ERA of 6.75 in 4.0 frames, striking out eight and allowing three earned runs on seven hits in three games.
Adam, 27, hails from Overland Park, Kansas and spent the last six seasons with the Kansas City Royals organization, appearing in 93 minor-league games and 31 big-league contests.
Straily Signs with Orioles
RHP Dan Straily, who was reported of interest to the Blue Jays just before the start of the season, has signed on with the Baltimore Orioles on a major-league deal worth $575,000, according to Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio.
Straily, 30, was reportedly “weighing multiple offers” before signing with the Orioles. The former Miami Marlin carries a career 4.78 FIP in 755.2 major-league innings.
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Brito Continues to Struggle
Blue Jays outfielder Sócrates Brito, who was acquired by the team in a minor trade with the San Diego Padres on April 2, has struggled mightily at the plate since joining the team. In 11 plate appearances, he is 0-for-10 with five strikeouts and a walk.
Brito, 26, carries a career OPS of .554 in parts of four major-league seasons, three of which he spent with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will become arbitration eligible in 2021.
Blue Jays Likely to See Pedroia in Boston
Pedroia, 35, is currently ranked ninth among active players in batting average, 32nd in RBI, sixth in doubles, 29th in games played, and 26th in extra-base hits.
Former Blue Jay Urshela Gets Call in NYY
Former Blue Jay Gio Urshela will get another shot at the big leagues after having his contract selected by the New York Yankees, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Urshela was traded to the Yankees for cash considerations in August.
Urshela, 27, had a forgettable tenure in Toronto, appearing in 19 games and slashing .233/.283/.326, going 10-for-43 and scoring seven runs, appearing primarily at third base.