Blue Jays appear set to add reliever Beliveau to roster

Jeff Beliveau has 43 strikeouts, 14 walks and a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings for the triple-A Buffalo Bisons this season (Steven Senne/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays appear to be making a roster change as they begin a six-game road trip, with two industry sources telling Sportsnet that left-hander Jeff Beliveau travelled out west to join them.

The counter-move, should Beliveau be activated, wasn’t immediately clear.

Beliveau, who signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays in December, has a 3.09 ERA in 32 innings at triple-A Buffalo this year. The 30-year-old has pitched out of the bullpen in 16 of his 17 appearances, compiling 43 strikeouts against 14 walks in 32 innings. In 58 big-league games with Chicago (2012) and Tampa Bay (2013-15), he has a 4.00 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 45 career innings.

The Blue Jays’ bullpen has been heavily taxed of late, and leads the American League with 207.1 innings pitched this season. Beliveau would provide some depth for the Blue Jays, who will start J.A. Happ against Sean Manaea in Oakland Monday.

Beliveau is not among the 39 players currently on Toronto’s 40-man roster.


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