Blue Jays Designate Ryota Igarashi For Assignment

The Blue Jays have designated right-hander Ryota Igarashi for assignment according to the team via Twitter. The move, along with the optioning of Yan Gomes, allowed for the team to recall right-hander Chad Beck and select the contract of right-hander Jesse Chavez from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Igarashi, 33, signed with the Pirates during the offseason, but was traded to the Blue Jays at the end of Spring Training when it became clear that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster. Igarashi struggled in two appearances with the Blue Jays, allowing four earned runs in one inning of work. He allowed two baserunners to reach in the 13th inning of Saturday's game, when the Rangers walked off against Toronto.

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  1. Lol…where’s that guy that was running around talking about how the Jays view him as useless and are keeping him from going to Japan just to screw with him?

    • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

       He’ll hide now. Trolls are fearful of irrefutable evidence proving them wrong.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

       that was chavez not igarashi

      • I know, and Chavez got called up in place of Igarashi, so they obviously did view Chavez as useful to the team.

        • MLB_Bob 3 years ago

           yes, useful in the sense that they needed emergency arms in the worst way. If the bullpen was well rested this move never would have happen. :)

  2. bigpat 3 years ago

    Why are they employing so many horrible pitchers when they are right in the thick of the divisional race? 

    • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

      It’s really only been Cordero for most of the season. Since Santos went down they’ve struggled to have somebody reliable in that final spot.

  3. mgsports 3 years ago

    I guess no room for Gomes.

    • Runtime 3 years ago

      Gomes will be back. I could see him getting some innings in LF at AAA

  4. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    2 appearances and gone.. you gotta feel for the guy, he’s not the only pitcher who got torched in texas.

    • There’s no doubt in my mind the Orioles are going to scoop up this guy ASAP. Looks like he has a decent fastball, but has control issues.

      Also, look like Lind wasn’t waived after all, fiddlesticks. I couldn’t see the Blue Jays giving up on him like that.

      • HobokenMetsFan 3 years ago

        Awful control and very little movement in his pitches. He’ll get eaten alive in the AL East

      • Did you just say fiddlesticks? Where do you live, the south during the civil war? :)

  5. LOL bigpat, The Jays in the middle of the divisional race… have you watched games this season? They can’t hang with any of the teams in the ALE currently. While thats subject to change, the Sox and Yanks can easily reel off an 8-2 stretch or go 14-5 so to count them out would be just foolish. The O’s will probably falter but that doesn’t mean they will be ripe for the Jays to get wins against.

    The issues going into the off season are the same as they are now, no surprise except next year no KJ who probably walks (he’s not going to except a 1 year and an option) so the Jays have no 2b and don’t mention Escobar who takes plays off

    • Runtime 3 years ago

      They played pretty damn well against the Yankees and the Rangers (the first time this season.)

      Baseball’s a funny game. 1 week doesn’t make a season. This isn’t NFL football.

      • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

         You’re right. The season is incredibly long. Not that I expect the Jays to make the post season this year.

    • bigpat 3 years ago

       If they get another quality starting pitcher, becuase Drabek and Hutchinson aren’t cutting it, I dont’ see why they can’t hang in there with the rest of these teams. Yes the Sox and Yanks can get hot, but these are old teams and they aren’t going to be great forever. I see no reason why Toronto wouldn’t finish above Boston at least but I think the Yanks and Rays will ultimately be at the top, and Baltimore is very interesting.

      • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

         The team is still being built. I doubt any panic moves or pure buying happens to stay in a race. If a move can be made that benefits the club short and long term I’m sure it’d be done. Some fantastic young arms creeping closer to the Majors. I’m guessing everybody in the East finishes above 500 this season.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

       defensively escobar is one of the best fielders in the game. not sure how he takes plays off.

      KJ has been good so far for the jays no doubt, but he’s far from irreplaceable and far from too expensive, depending on how they want to handle things..

      Jays aren’t going to compete this year, but thats okay, its not like they are built to win now.

  6. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 3 years ago

    I’m not hiding.  I was wrong.  I am surprised and happy the Jays did the right thing here.  I just happen to think it’s wrong to deny someone an opportunity if you aren’t willing to give them an opportunity yourself.  So they made him wait two days, but they are giving him a chance.  Yay, Jays!

    Is that better?


  7. Josh Conn 3 years ago

    Igarashi had a poor spring in Pittsburgh, but was at least approachable and classy about the fact that he was disappointed but knew he didn’t pitch well enough to stick.  I hope he gets more of a shot either with the Jays or elsewhere.  As for Chavez, another ex-Bucco, I never saw what anyone saw in him, although I admit he has some success for a couple of years.

  8. MLB_Bob 3 years ago

    This move was mostly based on not having enough available fresh bullpen arms. The bullpen got gassed over the texas series…they had to pitch the equivalent of 2 full games..they just needed more bullets for the next series.

    • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

      They could have demoted Hutch until his next start. I think it has more to do with needing an arm and giving a guy a shot and him being terrible. He’s 33, came to NA later in his playing days and has sucked since he arrived.

      • Runtime 3 years ago

        Isn’t there a 10 day waiting period after optioning a player to the minors?

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