The Toronto Blue Jays plan to activate Ryan Borucki for his next scheduled start while designating reliever Nick Kingham for assignment.
According to Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, Ryan Borucki will make his next start with the MLB team either on Sunday or Monday. Borucki is rehabbing from an elbow injury he suffered in spring training and has yet to make his 2019 debut.
The team also designated Nick Kingham for assignment who had made ten relief appearances since being purchased from the Pirates in the middle of June. Kingham sported a respectable 3.50 earned run average having last pitched two scoreless innings on July 17th versus the Boston Red Sox. It appears that Kingham became expendable following the acquisition of Wilmer Font earlier this week from the Mets.
Borucki had a successful rookie campaign last season and is expected to be an important arm in the starting rotation moving forward. Last season, Borucki was 4-6 with a 3.87 earned run average and a 1.7 WAR rating in 17 starts.
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The 25-year old has made two starts with the Buffalo Bisons as he works his way back to the majors. In two appearances with the herd, Borucki sports a 4.91 earned run average while surrendering four homers in 11 innings of work with the Triple-A affiliate.
The designation of Kingham will afford the Blue Jays an open spot on the 40-man roster to activate Borucki ahead of his next start.
In all likelihood, this is just the beginning of the roster shuffling that is expected to unfold before the trade deadline at the end of the month. The Jays expect to be very active at the deadline with the likes of Marcus Stroman, Justin Smoak, Ken Giles and Freddy Galvis all generating interest from opposing teams.
The complexion and make-up of the 25-man roster could be very different come July 31st.