Here is a look at some of the happenings surrounding the Toronto Blue Jays for Tuesday, May 14th including updates on Kendrys Morales, Ben Revere and more.
Morales Designated For Assignment
The Oakland Athletics designated former Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales for assignment yesterday. The A’s acquired Morales on March 27th in exchange for minor leaguer Jesus Lopez and international bonus pool slot money.
In 34 games with Oakland, Morales was hitting .204/.310/.259 with one homer and 20 strikeouts in 126 plate appearances. Morales found himself as the odd man out when Mark Canha was activated from the injured reserve.
Manager Bob Melvin had nothing but great things to say about Morales in terms of his professionalism and relationship with teammates.
Revere Not Missing A Beat
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Ben Revere has had a good showing in his first four games with the Buffalo Bisons. The speedy 31-year old is hitting .333 with six hits including a pair of doubles and five ribbies in 18 at-bats with the herd. Revere has yet to steal a base but also has only struck out once in his quest to return back to the majors.
Revere last appeared in the majors in 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels, however, he may have a shot with the Jays considering how outfielders Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney have performed thus far in 2019.
Thornton To Take His Hacks
The Blue Jays will open a mini two-game set in San Francisco tonight where hurler Trent Thornton will get the rare opportunity to take some hacks. The rookie pitcher was seen taking batting practice on Sunday and is actually a switch hitter.
Thornton does not have a professional at-bat in the minor leagues and a quick glance at his University of North Carolina stats do not suggest he hit in college either. Should be interesting to see how the pitcher fares versus Nick Vincent.
Jackson Presumably Will Make Debut On Wednesday
It appears that newly acquired pitcher Edwin Jackson will make his debut on Wednesday versus the Giants. The Blue Jays have yet to announce their starter for the contest and Jackson last pitched for the Las Vegas Aviators on May 08th, that should put him in line to take the ball for the Jays in game two in San Francisco.