The Toronto Blue Jays announced Friday that they have designated knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend for assignment.
In the same set of transactions, the team announced the placement of rookie pitcher Elvis Luciano on the bereavement list.
Feierabend, 33, was signed as a minor-league free agent by the Blue Jays this winter after spending the last three seasons with the KT Wiz of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).
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In 793.1 innings in Korea, Feierabend, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, pitched to an ERA of 4.21, striking out 636 and walking 2016 in 103 starts.
Prior to playing in Korea, he appeared in games for the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners and also logged time in the minor-league systems of the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies.
In two games with the Jays, he allowed seven earned runs on 11 hits, getting tagged with an ERA of 11.12 in a single start and one relief appearance.
In 16.2 frames at Triple-A Buffalo, he pitched to an ERA of 2.70, striking out 13 and walking six. He was 2-0 in three starts for the Bisons.
Luciano, 19, has so far appeared in 15 games, pitching to an ERA of 7.32 and striking out 17 and walking 18 in 19.2 innings. With six games finished under his belt (and a single major-league win), he has posted a ghastly 2.237 WHIP thus far.
A Rule 5 pick from the Kansas City Royals, the native of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, pitched at Rookie-level Pioneer Falls in 2018, tossing 11.0 frames without allowing an earned run and striking out 14 in two games.
At this point, no other information about Luciano’s bereavement stint is available, though stints on the bereavement list may last from three to seven games.