Blue Jays demote Merryweather, recall Griffin

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays replaced reliever Julian Meriweather with Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon and recalled southpaw Foster Griffin from the Bisons.

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Maryweather’s relegation came the day after she lost five points earned more than two-thirds of an inning in an 18-11 win over Philadelphia, bringing her average earned to 6.75.

The 30-year-old right-handed hitter spent 12 weeks on the disabled list with a left abdominal strain before becoming active on Sept. 5.

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Meriweather drew 0-3 with Toronto in 26 games this season. Opponents hit an average of .292 against him.

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Griffin, 27, was acquired last July in an exchange with the Kansas City Royals. This year he was 6-0 with an ERA of 2.01 in 37 Triple-A games with Buffalo and Omaha.

The Blue Jays were supposed to kick off a two-game miniseries against the Phillies on Wednesday night.

Toronto (84–64) is second in the American League East Division rankings and holds the first of three wildcard positions in the AL.

Going into Wednesday’s games, the Blue Jays were two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and 2½ games ahead of the Seattle Mariners.

The New York Yankees had a five-and-a-half game lead over second-placed Toronto in the division race.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 21, 2022.

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