The Blue Jays have designated left-hander Aaron Laffey and called up Justin Germano to take the 8th bullpen spot.
Laffey is the latest waiver wire pickup to make a brief cameo with Toronto this season. The southpaw was designated by the Mets on Sunday, picked up by the Jays on Tuesday and received a spot start tonight for the club against the Yankees in place of the injured Josh Johnson who missed the game due to tricep soreness. Laffey didn’t fare well against the Yankees, allowing two runs on two hits and five walks over just 2.2 innings. Manager John Gibbons was quick to say he wants a long/spot start guy to come in an throw strikes. Laffey couldn’t do it.
Laffey, 28, now has a 6.75 ERA in 12.2 innings with the Jays and Mets this season. He posted a 4.56 ERA over 100.2 innings with Toronto in 2012 and has also pitched for the Yankees, Mariners and Indians over his seven-year Major League career.
Germano, 30, has a career 10-30 record and 5.27 ERA in 322.2 major league innings with the Padres, Reds, Indians, Red Sox and Cubs. Look for him to get mop up innings or to come into a game if the rest of the ‘pen is overworked.