Per Arden Zwelling, left-handed reliever Matt Gage has traveled to Kansas City for the upcoming series against the Royals. He is expected to be activated before tonight’s game but it will require roster moves.
Gage, in his first season in the Blue Jays organization, is having a breakout year in AAA Buffalo. Through 16 appearances with the Bisons, he has a WHIP of just .900 and an ERA of 1.08. He has pitched a total of 16.2 innings, striking out 21, walking five, and is yet to give up a home run.
With Tim Mayza out since May 14th with a forearm injury, Gage provides a much-needed left-handed arm in the bullpen. Andrew Vazquez is the only lefty currently active, and he has struggled giving up eight earned runs in his eight appearances thus far.
To make room on the 40-man roster, they may move Nate Pearson to the 60-day IL. To open room on the 26-man roster, Jeremey Beasley is going back to Buffalo. Beasley was called up on June 2nd and gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings.
At 29 years old, Gage will be looking to make his MLB debut. Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2014, the tenth-round pick is now with his fourth Major League organization. He converted to a full-time reliever last season, splitting time between AA and AAA for the Arizona Diamondbacks.