The Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that they’ve designated right-hander Neil Ramirez for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man and 25-man roster for fellow righty Mike Bolsinger, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Buffalo. Bolsinger is slated to make a spot start for the Jays with J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list.
The 27-year-old Ramirez had just been claimed off waivers. Though he was added to the active roster briefly, he did not see any game action for the Jays. Earlier, with the Giants, Ramirez turned in 10 1/3 confounding innings in which he allowed 15 earned runs but also racked up 18 strikeouts against just four walks. Presumably, Toronto will hope for a chance to keep him in the minors if he clears waivers.
Bolsinger, 29, had a 1.46 ERA with an 18-to-3 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 Triple-A innings thus far in 2017. That’s a considerable improvement over his 2016 work, when he logged a 6.83 ERA in 27 2/3 big league innings due largely to a troubles with the long ball. He did have solid K/BB numbers in both the Majors and the minors last year, however. Bolsinger had a strong season in the Majors as recently as 2015, when he logged a 3.62 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and a 53.1 percent ground-ball rate in 109 1/3 innings for the Dodgers.