On Thursday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays made two roster moves and the most disappointing was that Tom Hatch has been moved to the 60-day injured list, while they also acquired pitcher Jeremy Beasley from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations.
Hatch went down with a right elbow injury on March 17 during a Spring Training game against the New York Yankees. He appeared to show some discomfort over the last few pitches he threw and was removed from the game with what was later reported as inflammation in his right elbow.
Hatch has impressed since being acquired in 2019 in exchange for David Phelps. He first reported to New Hampshire for the remainder of the season before joining the big club last year. Many thought Hatch was in contention for a starting rotation spot after having a successful 2020 rookie season before going down with the injury.
During Hatch’s first tour of the major leagues last year, he was one of the most consistent arms in the bullpen as he posted a 2.73 ERA over 26.1 innings pitched and a 1.18 WHIP. Hatch will be moved to the 60-day IL after being placed on the 10-day IL earlier this season, which freed up an extra spot on the 40-man roster. With the open spot, the Blue Jays immediately used it to acquire 25-year old Jeremy Beasley.
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Beasley is a former 30th round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers and will be joining his third organization. Through the minor leagues, Beasley became a full-time starter in 2018 and posted good numbers since then. He made his first and only appearance in the major leagues for the Diamondbacks last August. He allowed his first two hitters to collect hits and one inherited runner to score before striking out Trevor Story for his first strikeout. He was shut down a few days later with a right shoulder strain.
Beasley made three appearances in Spring Training this year where he allowed four runs over three innings and was designated for assignment this past week. After being acquired by the Blue Jays, the club immediately assigned Beasley to the Alternate Training Site. With the amount of injuries that the club has sustained this season, there is a good chance you will see him at some point this season.