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Toronto Blue Jays designate Javy Guerra for assignment

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TORONTO, ON - MARCH 29: Javy Guerra #48 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates their victory with Luke Maille #21 during MLB game action against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on March 29, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 29: Javy Guerra #48 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates their victory with Luke Maille #21 during MLB game action against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on March 29, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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With Ryan Tepera returning to the big-league club, the Blue Jays have decided to cut ties with veteran reliever Javy Guerra.

The Blue Jays announced today that they’ve designed RHP Javy Guerra for assignment as a corresponding move to the activation of Ryan Tepera from the 10-day injured list.

Guerra, 33, signed on as a minor-league free agent with the Blue Jays on January 14.

Picked up as an under-the-radar relief signing, Guerra was actually quite effective through the first week of the season, tossing 4.2 frames and allowing just a single earned run and striking out eight against Cleveland, Baltimore, and Detroit.

Against Boston on April 11, he pitched a scoreless inning and racked up one strikeout, reducing his WHIP to a solid 0.60.

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Unfortunately for him, on April 12 against Tampa Bay, he allowed three earned runs on four hits in a single inning, causing his ERA to balloon from 1.35 to 4.70. Two days later, he allowed two earned runs in a third of an inning, increasing his ERA to 6.75.

He pitched two scoreless innings in relief Wednesday night, adding a strikeout while scattering two hits against the Twins.

Tepera, who last season pitched in 68 games, finally returns to the Blue Jays bullpen after a rather odd and elongated stay on the injured list. This week, Tepera, 31, pitched at Triple-A Buffalo as part of his rehab.

While the Blue Jays would probably rather not lose Guerra (who has been somewhat of a pleasant surprise thus far), Tepera is a vital part of the makeup of their bullpen, and having him in the eighth inning will reduce the need to piece together innings late in important games.

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Previously, Guerra appeared in games for the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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