TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays plan to add right-handed reliever Chris Smith to their active roster before their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles, an industry source told Sportsnet.
Smith was a late-September call-up for the Blue Jays last year, after posting a 1.93 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 22 walks in the upper minors of Toronto’s system. He didn’t make his MLB debut, but remained on the club’s 40-man roster
This year, Smith has appeared in 14 games at triple-A Buffalo, posting a 3.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts and two walks across 18.1 innings. The former independent leaguer combined a 95-m.p.h. fastball with a slider to impress the Blue Jays in spring training before an injury limited him to just one minor-league appearance in April.
The Blue Jays presently have a seven-man bullpen, but Roberto Osuna‘s availability isn’t guaranteed as he continues dealing with anxiety.