Rays claim Guilmet on waivers from Blue Jays

Preston Guilmet. (Hans Deryk/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays lost right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet on waivers to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday.

The 27-year-old opened the season with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons, posting a 1.26 ERA with 12 strikeouts and just three walks in 14.1 innings spanning 10 appearances. In parts of three seasons at triple-A, he has a 2.48 ERA with 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings and 1.9 walks per nine innings.

The Cleveland Indians selected Guilmet in the ninth round of the 2009 draft, and promoted him to the big league level four seasons later. In 14 MLB appearances for the Indians and Baltimore Orioles, Guilmet has a 6.89 ERA with 13 strikeouts and five walks over the course of 15.2 innings.

The Blue Jays designated Guilmet for assignment on May 10 to create 40-man roster space for Steve Tolleson. The Rays placed Drew Smyly on the 60-day disabled list to create roster space for Guilmet, a native of Roseville, Calif.

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