Perez was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Thursday. Perez couldn't hold the Yankees in check during his major-league debut Wednesday as he allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one over 1.2 innings during the Blue Jays' blowout loss. He'll head back to the alternate training site just one day after being added to the active roster. Wilmer Font and T.J. Zeuch will join the major-league bullpen.
Perez was recalled by the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Perez has worked at the Blue Jays' alternate training site this season, but he'll be in line to make his major-league debut with just under two weeks remaining in the regular season. The right-hander worked mainly as a starter in the minors and posted a 4.60 ERA and 117:67 K:BB over 121.1 innings over 26 appearances (24 starts) at the Double-A level last year. It's unclear whether Perez will work as a starter or as a reliever during his first taste of major-league action.
Perez (undisclosed) joined Blue Jays camp Monday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports. Perez was placed on the injured list at the start of the month due to an undisclosed issue. He remains on the list despite evidently being cleared to link up with his teammates. Whether or not he has enough time to get in game shape by Opening Day remains to be seen, but he's not high on the Blue Jays' depth chart, so he wasn't particularly likely to be on the roster even without the delay.
The Blue Jays placed Perez on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to an unspecified issue. Perez was one of four Blue Jays placed on the IL, with no explanation given for any of the transactions. The move is retroactive to June 30, so if deemed healthy, Perez would be eligible to return from the IL before the Blue Jays begin their season July 23 or 24. The 24-year-old was viewed as a longshot to break summer camp with the Blue Jays as a member of the 30-man Opening Day roster, and the fact that he'll be beginning workouts on the IL will only diminish his chances further.
The Blue Jays included Perez as part of their 60-man roster pool that was announced Sunday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports. The 24-year-old righty is merely expected to function as an insurance option in the rotation for the Blue Jays, who already have several starting pitchers ahead of him in the pecking order. Perez spent the entire 2019 campaign with Double-A New Hampshire, supplying a 4.60 ERA and striking out 117 over 121.1 innings.