The Blue Jays announced some pitching shuffling in advance of today’s game. Righty Preston Guilmet was designated for assignment to facilitate the additions of righties Luis Santos and Rhiner Cruz, whose contracts were selected. An additional active roster spot was cleared by optioning lefty Tim Mayza.
The 30-year-old Guilmet had been plucked off of waivers earlier in the season from the Cardinals. Unfortunately, he has not been able to carve out a permanent role in his first MLB action since 2015. Through eight frames in Toronto,he allowed eight earned runs and four home runs while recording only five strikeouts against four walks.
Santos threw well last year in a brief debut stint for the Jays, but was bombed in his lone outing of 2018. He has gone on to pitch rather well at Triple-A since that time and now owns a 2.52 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 39 1/3 innings.
As for Cruz, he’s returning from an even longer MLB absence than was Guilmet. Now 31 years of age, Cruz allowed one earned run in 8 2/3 frames at Buffalo before earning the call. He previously appeared in 2012 and 2013 with the Astros.
Due to Estrada’s injury[called in Spring training this year], the Jays are in need of arms.
This is shifting deck chairs on the titanic. Mayza is MLB calibre pitcher and will be very good as he matures, Preston Guilmet doesn`t belong in the big leagues. We`ll see which Santos shows up.
Fire Atkins now please.
I know I’m taking the bait, but you excessively stated how Estradas back would be the problem. You didn’t state once that he’d have a hip injury
lol, no bait. Hip and back are connected. His whole structure in the back has been wonky for a while now. I see it continuing due to age. I hope he heals enough to come back to awesome form and the Jays can get a good asset for him at the deadline.
It all has to do with his ability to get over the top in his delivery. Broken record I know.
I’ll try to clearly communicate what I see in Estrada: Most pitchers achieve velocity from the wrist, shoulder and legs/core working together, some it is not evenly divided.. Estrada’s velocity doesn’t come from his shoulder or wrist as much as others but more his legs Basically his legs throw his top half over in a violent swinging motion and it pivots for him on a central point in the lower back much more so than many other pitchers. So it is easy for his back/hips to get out of whack especially for his age.
As everyone can see, he doesn’t have the arm and wrist strength of say a Sanchez, so he compensates with his legs.
I am surprised Estrada has lasted this long.
I’m surprised Guillermo lasted eight innings.
I guess you haven’t watch enough Jays baseball for the last 15 years or so.