Over the last two weeks, the Toronto Blue Jays have designated three pitchers for assignment, all occurring immediately following a bad outing. Two of the three DFA victims were acquired in the trade that also brought Colby Rasmus to Toronto, while the other spent the majority of 2011 in Triple A Las Vegas.
Today, the Blue Jays announced that lefty reliever Brian Tallet had been designated for assignment, less than 24 hours after blowing a save in Baltimore in the bottom of the tenth inning. Prior to Tallet, Wil Ledezma was DFA’d on Saturday after giving up six runs in one inning of work in a blowout loss to Tampa Bay. Before that, Trever Miller was DFA’d on August 16th after facing two batters the night before and giving up a home run.
The most recent roster move came about mere hours before rosters are expanded for September call ups, and the deadline for naming potential members of a post season roster (for which Tallet may find himself grateful). Taking Tallet’s place on the active roster is Carlos Villanueva, who is returning from a stint on the Disabled List.
I’d like to say that Brian Tallet pitched to only five batters in his short return to Toronto, but the verb “pitch” connotes a controlled, mechanical movement. I’m going to go with “lurch” instead.
Brian Tallet lurched the ball to only five batters in his short return to Toronto.