Oberholtzer failed to record an out while giving up four runs on three hits and two walks in Thursday's game against the Phillies. The left-hander, who signed a minor-league deal with the Jays in December, has now given up seven runs on five hits and four walks while failing to record a strikeout over his first two spring appearances. Although it's awfully early in the spring, Oberholtzer has put himself behind the eight ball in terms of making the 25-man roster.
Oberholtzer signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. He washed out with the Phillies and Angels last season, and should serve as pitching depth at Triple-A for the Jays in 2017. With a career 15.6 percent strikeout rate, it is hard to see Oberholtzer being fantasy relevant anytime soon.
Oberholtzer cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday. He posted a 5.89 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 70.1 innings in the big leagues last year, so it's no surprise he went unclaimed. He'll serve as organizational depth going forward.
Oberholtzer was designated for assignment Friday. Oberholtzer spent all of 2016 at the major league level but was a disaster for the most part, as he could only muster a 5.89 ERA and a 54:29 K:BB ratio. The left-hander is only 27 years old, but his peripherals are horrendous, making it unlikely that he'll be anything more than organizational depth going forward.
Oberholtzer will move to the bullpen going forward, the Los Angeles Times' Pedro Moura reports. Alex Meyer will take his place in the rotation, which comes as no surprise, as Oberholtzer lasted just one inning in his start Friday. He should serve in a mop-up role out of the bullpen over the final month.