After the recent struggles of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to start the season, he will be spending some time with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
The corresponding move will be infielder Eric Sogard getting the call and will most likely make his Jays debut in the upcoming week.
#BlueJays planning to bring up Eric Sogard in place of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who will be heading to triple-A Buffalo.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) April 14, 2019
Gurriel Jr., who has started the season 7-for-39 and a 3:12 walk-to-strikeout ratio, hasn’t had the best of luck when it came to any offensive production. Defensively, he has made some egregious errors — including getting pulled by Montoyo in Sunday’s game against the Rays after making a throwing error at second.
This trip down to the Bisons could do some good for him, get his confidence back and will hopefully be back performing much better. Last year, the 25-year-old was split between the Jays and Bisons fairly evenly, slashing .281/.309/.446 in 249 at-bats in the majors and .301/.330/.466 in 206 at-bats in Triple-A.
Sogard, 32, was optioned to Buffalo before the season began, as Richard Urena won-out the final position spot on the Blue Jays. In 30 at-bats with the Bisons this year, the infielder has seven hits and currently has a .828 OPS.
A corresponding 40-man roster move will come shortly.
I’m sure we will see another Bisons infielder called-up soon, hopefully. That can change the currently distraught infield situation with the Jays right now. Galvis looks like the smartest move of the offseason for Toronto, so his spot at short is locked up as well as Smoak’s position at first, but at second, third, and the extra fielder, nothing is certain.