Blue Jays Release Joey Gathright By Tim Dierkes | March 28, 2010 at 8:14am CDT The Blue Jays released outfielder Joey Gathright, reports MLB.com's Jordan Bastian. The Jays gave Gathright plenty of spring playing time – 43 plate appearances – and he hit just .167/.186/.167. Gathright, 29 in April, spent most of 2009 with Baltimore's Triple A club. He hit .329/.386/.376 there, swiping 24 bags in 80 games. The Gathright cut comes as no surprise, as Bastian wrote yesterday that Toronto's final bench spot would probably go to Jeremy Reed or Mike McCoy.