The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Mike Hauschild to a Major League contract, as first noted by Shi Davidi and Mike Wilner of Sportsnet (Twitter links). The Jays didn’t make a formal announcement of the move via press release or on Twitter, but Hauschild is on tonight’s lineup card. Furthermore, Davidi tweets that manager John Gibbons said Hauschild is expected to follow Tyler Clippard in a bullpen game of sorts tonight. It appears that infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney was the necessary roster casualty, as he’s not on tonight’s lineup card, and the Jays had a full 40-man roster prior to bringing Hauschild aboard.
Hauschild, 28, was recently released by the Astros after posting a 4.88 ERA with 8.6 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 0.65 HR/9 and a 53.6 percent ground-ball rate. He has a bit of big league experience, having been a Rule 5 pick of the Rangers in 2016 and subsequently logging eight innings at the MLB level for them in 2017. He was ultimately returned to the Houston organization after surrendering 10 runs in that small sample.
Though Hauschild’s numbers in Triple-A this season weren’t his best, he still brings a career 3.97 ERA with better than eight strikeouts per nine innings and a ground-ball rate north of 50 percent at the Triple-A level to his new club. He’ll join the Jays’ bullpen for the time being, though all 76 of his career appearances at the Triple-A level have been starts. He could eventually emerge as a rotation option in Toronto, particularly if the team moves a veteran like Marco Estrada in the month of August.
Sweeney, 27, appeared in a pair of games for the Jays and went hitless in four plate appearances. He’s spent most of the season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he’s batted .235/.310/.398 in 255 plate appearances. The former Dodgers and Phillies prospect has a career .254/.322/.393 slash in 1718 career plate appearances at that level.