The Toronto Blue Jays have added relievers Ryan Dull and Yennsy Diaz to the active roster for the final series of the season versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
So it appears that Ryan Dull will actually pitch for the Blue Jays after all. The 29-year old hurler was selected off waivers on September 18th from the New York Yankees but then designated for assignment two days later to make room on the roster for Breyvic Valera.
Dull then went unclaimed and returned to the Jays organization leading to his most recent transaction. The Jays shuffled Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to the injured reserve to make room for Dull on 40-man the roster. Gurriel will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
Dull has been in waiver wire purgatory for the better part of two weeks and hasn’t pitched in the majors since September 14th when he was tagged for two runs in an inning of work versus the Blue Jays. The Yankees designated him for assignment shortly after that appearance.
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Rookie Yennsy Diaz was also recalled and added to the bullpen after making one relief appearance back in August surrendering two runs on 0.2 innings of work. Diaz appeared to be battling first-time jitters walking four hitters and surrendering a hit.
The 22-year old spent the season in Double-A New Hampshire posting an 11-9 record with a 3.74 earned run average in 26 games that included 24 starts.
Hopefully, Diaz can get an appearance or two under his belt and head into the offseason on a high-note following his disappointing debut.
The Jays will be afforded an opportunity to play spoiler versus Charlie Montoyo‘s former team, the Rays are battling the A’s and Indians for the wild card spots. Currently, the A’s are one game behind both teams and sit on the outside looking in.