Friday, May 22, 2009

Axe falls on Cecil, Snider, Ray; three called up

The Toronto Blue Jays made a flurry of roster moves following their embarrassing three game sweep of the Red Sox, sending down two pitchers and their top hitting prospect.

As reported last night, Snider is packing his bags for AAA Las Vegas after struggling mightily the past couple of months. With three upcoming series in National League ball parks, the club has brought up utility man Joe Inglett, and they'll benefit from his versatility.

Brett Cecil and Robert Ray were shaky in their starts at Fenway Park, so they were optioned down to AAA to make room for Casey Janssen and Ricky Romero. Janssen has not pitched in Toronto since 2007, but is ready to jump back into the rotation, posting a minuscule 0.76 ERA in 5 minor league starts.

Romero will be back Monday and will try to build on his impressive start to his major league career. Before going down with his oblique injury, he posted a 2-0 record and a 1.71 ERA. He had a rather rough 3 starts in the minors since returning from injury, posting a 6.91 ERA.

These are good moves that the Jays made. The rotation is more steady, and Inglett provides a lot of options for the ball club, particularly his ability to bat lead-off and play multiple positions.

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