The Toronto Blue Jays made several moves on Sunday to allow them to get an extra pitcher in the bullpen, sending struggling second baseman Devon Travis to the Buffalo Bisons and recalling Carlos Ramirez.
Travis, 27, has gotten off to a cold start to the year, hitting just .148/.212/.246 with only nine hits in 61 at bats coming off another injury plagued year in 2017. The presence of Lourdes Gurriel, who can play second base, shortstop and probably even the outfield if necessary, also made it difficult for the Jays to carry Travis’s struggling bat. Mike Wilner encapsulated the comments of manager John Gibbons:
Gibby: We definitely didn’t want to (send Travis down). We’re strapped in the pen right now. He’s strictly a 2B, Gurriel gives us more versatility. Martin is now the back-up IF. We don’t expect this to be a long-term thing. #Bluejays
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) April 29, 2018
Ramirez, who was very effective for the Blue Jays in September and didn’t give up an earned run all season in the minors, will join the bullpen that is already stretched thin. That said, Ramirez hasn’t been sharp in Buffalo, allowing four runs on six walks (but only two hits) with six strikeouts in six innings.
Additionally, the Bisons have released Danny Espinosa whom they signed during spring training. Espinosa had been playing shortstop in Buffalo and was hitting .231/.273/.288 in 52 at bats. Short term, the Bisons activated outfielder Ian Parmley from the DL and will likely have Richard Urena back within a few days to play shortstop regularly for the Bisons.
For the Lansing Lugnuts, who have a double header with the West Michigan Whitecaps today, Colton Laws has been activated.
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