After struggling in 2021 both on the field and staying healthy, Cavan Biggio was looking to bounce back with the Blue Jays this season and compete for playing time at second base and possibly across the diamond.
Unfortunately, Biggio had a rough start out of the gates and did not bounce back like many hoped he would, amassing just one hit through 23 at-bats while striking out ten times before ending up on the COVID-related IL in late April. The lefty-batter has been rehabbing with the Bisons since May 10th and is starting to find a rhythm, going 5 for 13 with two doubles and two RBI through five games. He also has three walks compared to two strikeouts and has also added four runs with the Blue Jays AAA affiliate.
That being said, the Blue Jays front office looks like they want him to continue getting reps down in the Minor Leagues before coming back to the active roster, which is not necessarily a bad idea considering how he struggled early in the campaign.
The Toronto Blue Jays have activated UTIL Cavan Biggio from the IL and have optioned him to AAA Buffalo after his rough start to the 2022 campaign.
Factor in that the club may not be able to play him on a regular basis with Santiago Espinal having a stronghold on second base, the club may be using him at different spots down in Buffalo to prepare him for the utility role that he has flirted with over the past couple of seasons. This isn’t the first instance that a roster player is seeing some extended time down in AAA, as Teoscar Hernandez spent some time in Buffalo back in 2019 and bounced back in 2020 to become a fierce hitter over the past couple of seasons.
With Biggio optioned, it appears that the Jays are rolling with Vinny Capra on the bench alongside Raimel Tapia, Zack Collins, and Bradley Zimmer, with Capra collecting his first Major League hit against Tampa Bay last Friday.
Overall, this move may be short-lived if Biggio can continue to keep reaching base in AAA but it will be difficult for him to find playing time given the current roster when he does eventually return. For now, Cavan Biggio will remain down in Buffalo, vying for a spot on the active roster.