Prior to this afternoon’s Blue Jays get away game against the Baltimore Orioles, John Farrell explained to the gathered reporters that John McDonald would rejoin the team in time for tomorrow night’s game in Cincinnati. The corresponding roster move would involve a reliever, but Farrell said that the team hadn’t decided if that meant sending a player with options back to the minors or designating a player for assignment who had no options left.
Of the eight relievers on the active roster, Casey Janssen, Luis Perez and Marc Rzepzcynski still have Minor League options, leaving Shawn Camp, Octavio Dotel, Frank Francisco, Jason Frasor and Jon Rauch as possibilities to be removed. Of those five, the most disappointing has been Dotel, who has only thrown three innings of relief since June first, and accumulated a 5.19 ERA, 5.79 FIP and 4.62 xFIP. In addition, Dotel has the lowest ground ball and highest home run rate on the staff.
If he were to be released, the Blue Jays would owe Dotel the remainder of his $2.75 million contract and an additional $750,000 to buyout their option for 2012.
Be sure to join us right here at Getting Blanked following this afternoon’s game to talk about recent roster moves on our post game live stream.