The Blue Jays have claimed 28-year old righty reliever/starter Thad Weber off waivers from the Padres. Weber pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Padres this year and he was 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. He also pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Padres in which he was 4-1 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Weber has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. Weber will likely get a shot with the Jays later this year if he looks good for them in AAA.
Righty starting pitcher Roger Clemens was only with the Jays for two seasons (1997 and 1998) and he won the A.L. Cy Young Award in both of those years. In 1997, Clemens pitched in 34 games (all starts) in which he was 21-7 with a 2.05 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. In 1998, Clemens pitched in 33 games (all starts) in which he was 20-6 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Clemens started 67 games in his two years with the Jays and he was 41-13 with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. Clemens only gave up 373 hits and 156 walks in 498 2/3 innings for the Jays while whiffing 563 batters….which is damn impressive. Despite only pitching two years with the Blue Jays, Clemens is still #6 in team history with 6 shutouts. Clemens was only with the Jays for two years, but he was the best pitcher on the planet back then.
32-year old righty swinging RF Jose Bautista is off to a good start with the bat in May for the Blue Jays. He has played in 12 games for the Jays so far in May and he is 13 for 39 (.333 avg, 1.017 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He is really locked in at the plate as he has walked 10 times while whiffing only 6 times so far this month. Batista has now played in 32 games for the Jays so far this year and he is 28 for 114 (.246 avg, .904 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 9 homers, 20 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Blue Jays need Bautista to stay hot so that they can get out of their early season funk. The Jays are too good to be playing like they are right now.
18-year old righty starting pitcher Roberto Osuna has a torn UCL in his right elbow. He is going to try to heal up by resting, but chances are that he will need Tommy John surgery in the near future. Osuna pitched in 5 games (all starts) in A-ball this year for the Jays and he was 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. Osuna has now pitched in 30 games (16 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Osuna has only given up 72 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 92 batters in his first 85 2/3 innings in the minors, which is impressive. Osuna came into this season as the Jays’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.
20-year old lefty starting pitcher Daniel Norris has been awful so far this year in the minors for the Jays. He has pitched in 7 games (6 starts) in A-ball so far this year and he is 0-3 with a 10.07 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. Norris has now pitched in 20 games (18 starts) in his first two years in the minors for the Jays and he is 2-7 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. Norris has give up 92 hits and he has walked 31 batters while whiffing 59 of them in his first 65 innings as a professional pitcher. He came into this season as the Jays’ #8 rated prospect according to Baseball America. If he doesn’t get his act together soon, he might never get out of A-ball.
The Blue Jays have placed 32-year old righty swinging OF Rajai Davis on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained oblique muscle. Davis has played in 26 games for the Jays so far this year and he is 23 of 81 (.284 avg, .721 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Emilio Bonifacio and Adam Lind will likely see a bump in P.T., most likely at DH, until Davis returns to action.
The Blue Jays have called up 40-year old righty reliever/starter Ramon Ortiz and 27-year old righty reliever Mickey Storey. Ortiz pitched in 1 game out of the pen earlier this year for the Jays and he was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. Ortiz has also pitched in 4 games (3 starts) in AAA-ball for the Jays this year and he is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He will likely serve in long relief, but he could start if the Jays need him to. Storey pitched in 9 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Jays this year and he was 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Storey got his first taste of the majors last year with the Astros, working in 26 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
The Blue Jays have designated 30-year old righty reliever/starter Edgar Gonzalez for assignment. Gonzalez pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays this year and he was 0-0 with a 7.88 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. Gonzalez has now pitched in 116 games (47 starts) in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 17-26 with a 5.88 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. This is no loss for the Blue Jays moving forward.
UPDATE: (5/12/2013) - Edgar Gonzalez cleared waivers but he rejected an outright minor league assignment and he has become a free agent.
The Blue Jays sent 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Ricky Romero back to the minors after only a short stay in Toronto. He has started 2 games for the Jays so far this year and he is 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA and a 2.77 WHIP. In his last two years with the Blue Jays, he has started 34 games in which he is 9-16 with a 5.92 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. Romero is nowhere near the pitcher he was in his first three years with the Jays. He is likely going to spend a lot of time in the minors this year as the Jays try to let their minor league coaches get him back on the right track.
29-year old righty reliever Steve Delabar has been very hard for opponents to hit so far in 2013. He has pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays so far this year and he is 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has only given up 13 hits and he has walked 14 batters while whiffing 24 batters in his first 20 innings so far this year. He has now pitched in 43 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Jays and he is 5-3 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. If Delabar can tighten up his control a little bit, he will be downright nasty.