Blue Jays designate RHP Neil Ramirez for assignment

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Relief pitcher Neil Ramirez #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the third inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Relief pitcher Neil Ramirez #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the third inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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The Blue Jays have designated RHP Neil Ramirez for assignment, reinstating RHP Ryan Tepera from the 60-day IL as a corresponding move.

According to an official team release, the Blue Jays have designated RHP Neil Ramirez for assignment.

As a corresponding move, the team has reinstated RHP Ryan Tepera from the 60-day injured list. The release adds that he will be active for Sunday’s game against Houston.

Previously, it had been reported by Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet that the team would be reinstating Tepera when rosters expanded on September 1.

Ramirez, 30, was signed to a minor-league deal on August 6 after being released by the Cleveland Indians just four days earlier. After a brief stint with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, he had his contract selected by the Blue Jays on August 11.

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In 8.1 innings for the Blue Jays, the native of Virginia Beach, Virginia allowed five earned runs on eight hits, walking six and striking out six. He started one game as a pseudo-“opener” for the club.

Tepera, 31, last appeared in a major-league game on May 20 against Boston and was placed on the injured list on May 21 with a right elbow impingement.

Once one of the Blue Jays bullpen’s most reliable arms, Tepera struggled prior to being bit by the injury bug, pitching to an ERA of 6.55 in 11.0 innings, picking up two losses and walking six.

Before being reinstated, Tepera had logged innings with High-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo, tossing five frames in Buffalo and a pair of scoreless innings in Dunedin.

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With Tepera added (and no officially announced moves as of this writing), the Blue Jays bullpen consists of Buddy Boshers, Tim Mayza, Sam Gaviglio, Ken Giles, Jason Adam, Derek Law, Zack Godley, and Jordan Romano, per Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

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