Blue Jays claim pitcher Ryan Dull off waivers from Yankees

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 20: Pitcher Ryan Dull #66 of the Oakland Athletics throws in the 5th inning during the game between Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome on March 20, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 20: Pitcher Ryan Dull #66 of the Oakland Athletics throws in the 5th inning during the game between Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome on March 20, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Blue Jays claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull off waivers from the New York Yankees earlier this week.

The Blue Jays added Ryan Dull in an attempt to bolster their bullpen following the recent injury to pitcher Tim Mayza. The reliever began the 2019 campaign with the Oakland Athletics making seven relief appearances before being designated for assignment in August.

The 29-year old was initially claimed by the San Francisco Giants, however, his Giants career was short-lived lasting just 11 days before Dull was snatched up by the Yankees. The reliever made three appearances for New York surrendering five earned runs in 2.1 innings of work with the Bronx Bombers.

In ten appearances this season with the A’s and Yankees, Dull sports an inflated 13.50 earned run average while being tagged for 17 earned runs in 11.1 innings on the bump. Dull boasted an impressive 2016 campaign with Oakland making 70 relief appearances going 5-5 with a 2.42 earned run average.

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Dull was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2012 amateur draft by Oakland out of the University of North Carolina. In five MLB seasons, he has a career 4.29 earned run average with four saves while fanning 8.8 batters per nine innings. Dull is earning $860,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible this offseason.

Dull has been plagued with injuries the past few seasons but could be someone the Jays keep in the fold for next season in case he can duplicate his 2016 success.

The Blue Jays recently lost lefty Tim Mayza when the reliever injured his throwing arm and required Tommy John surgery. Mayza will miss the entire 2020 season as he rehabilitates back to full health.

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Dull was added to the 40-man roster but has yet to pitch for the Blue Jays as the team concluded their series in Baltimore last night.

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