Richard Ureña optioned to make room on the 25-man roster for Clay Buchholz

Th Clay Buchholz era begins tomorrow. In order to make room to officially add the veteran starter to the roster, the Blue Jays have reportedly optioned infielder Richard Ureña to Triple-A Buffalo.

This is a little odd given the fact Ureña was actually hitting. He has a .350/.381/.500 slash line over 23 plate appearances in seven games playing second, third, and short. I mean, it’s a ridiculously small sample size, but Ureña has been doing well at the plate thus far.

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The logic here is likely Ureña will benefit more from playing every day in Buffalo while the Jays give newly-acquired Alan Hansen a serious look as the team’s utility infielder. With Hansen on the roster, it was harder to find reps for Ureña.

If Hansen sucks ass and Ureña continues to hit in Triple-A, I’m sure the latter will come back up eventually.

    • Treylum

      Hey I get it. See if you can make something of value from Galvis, Brito, Drury, Hanson. This is all fine and dandy unless one of the kids is playing solid defence and hitting the ball for high average and being an allaround solid ball player. I don’t like this move one bit. However temporary it may be.

      • Warren

        I don’t like it one bit, either. With Guerrero at third, Bichette at short, and Biggio at second in Buffalo, where is Urena supposed to get regular at bats?

          • Barry

            No, sending Urena down is not “tanking.” It’s Richard Urena. He’s actually not very good.

            He SEEMS like a “hot hitter” if one looks at over stats in a small sample size, but that’s because he had a 3 for 4 game in the second game of the season. Since then, he’s 4 for 18 with only one extra base hit and one walk. Six strikeouts.

            So, sure, he’s awesome if we use March 31 as our yard stick, but if we accept that every once in a while a mediocre player will have a good game, and that a single good game out of an 8 game sample might skew the numbers a wee bit, sending down Richard Urena is actually okay, rather than DFA’ing a guy who is out of options.