The Blue Jays selected the contract of southpaw Ryan Feierabend, manager Charlie Montoyo tells reporters including Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca (Twitter links). Javy Guerra is the roster casualty, per Ben Nicholson-Smith of sportsnet.ca (via Twitter).
Feierabend makes for quite a story. The 33-year-old last appeared in the majors — or in the affiliated ranks — in the 2014 season. Since his debut way back in 2006, Feierabend owns a 7.15 ERA in 113 1/3 innings at the game’s highest level.
In the intervening years, Feierabend has plied his trade in Korea. In four campaigns there, he worked to a 4.21 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 over 793 1/3 innings. In 16 2/3 innings this year at Triple-A Buffalo, Feierabend has allowed five earned runs on 15 hits (three of them home runs) with a 13:6 K/BB ratio.
It’s always interesting to see a pitcher make it back to the majors after a long layoff. Better still, in this case the hurler in question sports a rare left-handed knuckler.
Guerra, 33, gets the tough luck DFA after 11 outings with the Blue Jays. Per Nicholson-Smith, Guerra asked to eat innings when he sensed a roster move might be near. It’s both a savvy and gracious move on Guerra’s part, as his scoreless three-inning appearance yesterday helped save the arms of the rest of the pen while getting himself one last chunky appearance before the ax.
He pitched well for the Jays outside of a rough two-game patch versus Tampa where he was tagged for 5 runs in 1 1/3 innings. Away from the Rays, Guerra gave up just a single earned run in 9 appearances that spanned 12 2/3 innings. For his career, the former Dodger draft pick is 8-11 in 212 appearances out of the pen with 32 saves and a 3.44 ERA.