Claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Wednesday and assigned to Triple-A Buffalo, pitcher Jimmy Cordero has been promoted up to Toronto.
Ryan Tepera is leaving to see a specialist as he continues to struggle with the elbow troubles that bothered him in the spring. He says he hasn’t been able to get extension he needs on release, pain comes and goes.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 21, 2019
As mentioned by Shi Davidi, the pitcher going the other way on the roster is reliever Ryan Tepera. He suffered injuries earlier this season from spring training and made his return a few weeks after the season began and has pitched 11 innings since. He might be heading to a lengthy stint on the IL if his problems have re-emerged.
The 27-year-old made his big-league debut last season for the Nationals, pitching 19 innings in 22 relief appearances and sporting a 5.68 ERA. Along with a 1.842 WHIP, Cordero had an even strikeout-to-walk ratio — a 5.7 per nine innings rate for both.
In 2019, Cordero was on the roster of Washington’s Triple-A Fresno and made 12 total appearances, pitching 15 innings with a 6.00 ERA. While in Buffalo this week, he only made one appearance and one inning pitched, allowing no runs and striking-out two batters.
In the minors last season, the Dominican pitcher spent time with Triple-A Syracuse, affiliate of the Mets, making 41 appearances and pitching 46 innings for an impressive 1.96 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
The pitcher was originally a Jays international free agent signing back in 2012, but was then later traded in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere in 2015. With both now in their possession, looks like the Jays have clearly won the transaction.
Whether the Jays see the Cordero last year in Syracuse or see the pitcher that has been in the majors so far, they could use any healthy arms with big-league experience as of late. Injuries have had a major impact on the pitching staff this season.