Manager John Gibbons said House, who was struck in the head by a line drive on March 10, is recovering nicely and should return to game action soon, MLB.com's Paul Hagen reports. House started 18 games in 2014 for Cleveland, but he's logged just 15.2 innings in the majors over the past two seasons. The southpaw's ability to sit down left-handed hitters, combined with a fine 2.84 career FIP, bodes well for his chances of filling a specialist role out of the Jays' bullpen later this season. Look for House to reappear on the MLB stage by mid-summer.
House was stretchered off the field after being struck in the back of the head by a line drive in Friday's Grapefruit League game, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet reports. The game was called off after the scary incident and House was immediately taken to a local hospital. The 27-year-old gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was taken away, an encouraging sign to say the least. He's competing for a spot in the Blue Jays' bullpen after spending last season in the Cleveland organization.
House (head) said on Twitter that he expects to make a full recovery. A line drive struck House in the back of the head during Friday's Grapefruit League game and he was taken to the local hospital for a full evaluation. House described it as the scariest moment of his career, but fortunately, it seems he's going to be OK. Manager John Gibbons said House was moving and talking the entire time as they awaited the ambulance.
House signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. He will compete in spring training for one of the lefty reliever spots. House has a career 4.44 ERA, but he has a 2.84 FIP, 1.18 WHIP and 15.6 percent K-BB% in 34 career innings against left-handed hitters.
House, who was being looked at by the Twins, is now expected to sign with the Blue Jays, Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 reports. The 27-year-old southpaw showed promise with Cleveland back in 2014 as a member of their starting rotation. That year, he pitched 102 innings over 18 starts and one relief appearance and posted a 3.35 ERA. House was sidelined for most of 2015 due to shoulder inflammation, and spent a majority of 2016 with Triple-A Columbus. Over 72.1 innings (12 starts and 21 relief appearances), House managed a 3.98 ERA, but struggled with his control, posting a 5.4 BB/9 that led to an ugly 1.83 WHIP. He'll likely start the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Buffalo, but House should have a fair chance at earning his way back to the big league mound.