House was designated for assignment Sunday. House was promoted to the big leagues Aug. 19 but has made two just relief appearances with the Blue Jays, allowing one run over two innings of work. The 27-year-old held a 4.27 ERA over 130.2 innings as a starter with Triple-A Buffalo this season, as well. He'll report back to Buffalo if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
House was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Arash Madani of Sportsnet.ca reports. House has only appeared in eight major-league games since the beginning of the 2015 season, all coming with the Indians. Throughout 23 starts with Buffalo this year, the left-hander has posted a 4.27 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with a 104:62 K:BB. He will slide into the bullpen with the Blue Jays and figures to be used as a middle reliever.
House said he is "feeling a bit more normal" after returning to the mound from a scary injury during spring training, Amy Moritz of The Buffalo News reports. A line drive struck House in the head during a Grapefruit League game against the Tigers, causing the 27-year-old to remain on the ground for 10 minutes before being rushed to the hospital. Monday afternoon, a month to the day of his injury, House returned to game action and tossed five scoreless innings in his season debut. The biggest victory may have been overcoming the fear of returning to the mound. Hearing the ball coming off the bat could cause anyone in House's situation to get a bit jittery, but his sense of normalcy is returning. "I think at this point I've kind of moved on to the stage where it's not as jumpy when the ball comes off the bat," House said. "I'm feeling a bit more normal. It's nice." A few months of solid performances in the minors could certainly push House into the big-league bullpen later this year.
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.
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