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Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Back in big leagues
Merryweather was recalled by the Blue Jays on Monday.
Merryweather was optioned in early May after posting a 6.94 ERA in 11.2 innings, though his 12:1 K:BB and 2.41 FIP told a very different story about his performance. He'll probably handle lower-leverage innings for now, but if his results start to reflect his underlying numbers he could move into a more important role.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Optioned to Triple-A
Merryweather was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.
Merryweather threw two scoreless innings in the afternoon portion of Saturday's doubleheader but will make way on the roster as the Blue Jays activate Ryan Borucki (finger) ahead of the nightcap. Merryweather had struggled prior to Saturday's outing, which was only enough to cut his season ERA to 6.94.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Pitching through knee issue
Merryweather is dealing with right knee discomfort but has been cleared to continue pitching, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Merryweather has picked up a pair of losses while giving up four earned runs in 4.2 innings so far this season. It's possible his knee is partly to blame for that performance. He'll continue pitching through it while wearing a brace.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Takes loss Sunday
Merryweather (0-1) took the loss Sunday against the Rangers, giving up one run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. He struck out two.
The Blue Jays headed into the fourth inning with a 6-1 lead, but Hyun-Jin Ryu (hamstring) struggled and eventually got lifted after being struck by a comebacker off the bat of Jonah Heim. Merryweather came in and gave up a double to Brad Miller to tie the game -- runs which went on Ryu's ledger -- and then a single to Corey Seager for what proved to be the winning run. The right-hander worked the sixth inning in his first appearance this season, and while he has significant strikeout upside, it appears as though Merryweather is not in the late-inning mix for Toronto right now.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Uneven results this spring
Merryweather has given up three home runs over five innings this spring, leading to a 10.80 ERA, but he's also posted a 6:1 K:BB.
His inability to keep the ball in the park is a little worrying after Merryweather served up four homers in 13 innings last year, but the strikeout numbers are encouraging and he was reported to be touching 98 mph with his fastball earlier in camp. If the right-hander can stay healthy, something he hasn't been able to do in his pro career, he should be a valuable setup man in front of Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Secures roster spot
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Tuesday that Merryweather will be part of the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Merryweather was touched up for six runs on seven hits -- including three home runs -- over five innings during Grapefruit League play, but his solid performance at the big-league level the past two seasons on the rare occasions that he's been healthy was likely enough for him to earn his spot on the roster. That being said, Merryweather -- who scooped up the Jays' first two saves last season -- may have to settle for lower-leverage work to begin the 2022 campaign until he shows improved form. Jordan Romano is poised to enter the season as the Blue Jays' closer and should have a decent amount of job security after converting 23 of 24 save chances in 2021.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Dodges danger as opener
Merryweather allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning versus Tampa Bay on Wednesday. He did not factor in the decision.
This was the 29-year-old's first turn as an opener this season. Merryweather allowed a single to Randy Arozarena and walked Ji-Man Choi before getting the final two outs of the frame. Through 8.1 innings, Merryweather owns a 4.32 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 7:4 K:BB. He's added two saves and a hold in nine appearances this year after missing most of the season due to an oblique injury.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Serving as opener Wednesday
Merryweather will start Wednesday's game against the Rays, Gregor Chisholm of the Toronto Star reports.
Merryweather will make his first start of the season while serving as the opener in the rotation spot of Hyun Jin Ryu (neck), who landed on the injured list over the weekend. Ross Stripling is the likely candidate to pitch behind Merryweather in the bulk role Wednesday.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Makes return from IL
The Blue Jays reinstated Merryweather (oblique) from the 60-day injured list Wednesday.
He'll rejoin the Toronto bullpen for the first time since mid-April, after he required just under five months to recover from a severe left oblique strain. Before being shut down with the injury, the hard-throwing Merryweather appeared to emerge as the Blue Jays' preferred option for saves, but his lengthy absence means he'll likely have to prove himself in lower-leverage spots before he regains the trust of manager Charlie Montoyo in the late innings. Jordan Romano still looks like the best bet for saves out of the Toronto bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Activation appears imminent
Merryweather (oblique) rejoined the Blue Jays on Monday ahead of their four-game road series versus the Yankees, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Though he wasn't activated from the 60-day injured list prior to Toronto's 8-0 win Monday, Merryweather looks on pace to be added to the roster at some point later in the week. The hard-throwing reliever recently wrapped up a four-appearance rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo, with Merryweather allowing three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over three innings. Prior to landing on the IL in mid-April, Merryweather had been operating as the Blue Jays' preferred option for saves, but he'll likely be eased back into the fold in a low-leverage relief role once he's reinstated.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Overcomes minor setback
Merryweather (oblique) made his second rehab appearance Tuesday in the rookie-level Florida Complex League, striking out one of the four batters he faced in a scoreless inning.
Merryweather began a rehab assignment in the FCL last week after being sidelined for the past four months with a left oblique strain, but his next appearance for the affiliate was uncertain after he experienced "general soreness" in his Aug. 18 outing. Evidently, the setback wasn't a significant one, as he was back in action less than a week later. Merryweather will still need additional appearances in the minors to ramp back up after the lengthy stay on the 60-day injured list, so he's unlikely to rejoin the Toronto bullpen until the active roster expands to 28 men Sept. 1.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Suffers setback
Merryweather (oblique) suffered a setback following his rehab outing with Low-A Dunedin on Wednesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the club is labeling the setback as "general soreness," though the extent of the issue remains unclear. Merryweather's next rehab outing was previously scheduled for Saturday, but now the club is unsure when he'll next take the mound. Unless the right-hander is able to progress well enough to make an appearance in the next couple days, it seems likely that his eventual activation from the 10-day injured list will be pushed back to early September at best.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Rehab assignment on tap
Merryweather (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at Low-A Dunedin on Wednesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Merryweather has been on the injured list since April 14 and has experienced several setbacks in his recovery process, but the start of his rehab assignment indicates that he's nearing his return to Toronto's bullpen. The right-hander will throw one inning during his first rehab appearance and will likely require several minor-league appearances following his lengthy absence.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Could face hitters soon
Merryweather (oblique) said Monday that he's completed multiple bullpen sessions and is close to facing live hitters in batting practice, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
Initially placed on the injured list April 14 with a left oblique strain, Merryweather has experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery that have pushed back his potential return date far longer than the Blue Jays anticipated. Though he had been part of the Blue Jays' closer mix prior to getting hurt, Merryweather's lengthy stint on the IL means that he may have to prove himself in a lower-leverage role upon returning before being trusted in bigger spots. Until Toronto figures out where Merryweather fits into their bullpen, he'll first have to steer clear of any further setbacks while facing hitters and eventually heading out on a minor-league rehab assignment. He doesn't appear likely to be activated until late August or September.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: 'Not close' to return
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday that Merryweather's (oblique) return from the 60-day injured list isn't imminent, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports. "It's ups and downs, but right now he's not close," Montoyo said of Merryweather's potential return.
After collecting two saves in the first week of the season and appearing to be in the driver's seat for closing duties with Toronto, Merryweather sustained a severe left oblique strain in mid-April and has been sidelined ever since. Toronto was initially optimistic Merryweather would be back by late June, but he experienced a setback in his recovery that has delayed his target return date. With Merryweather still limited to playing catch at this stage of his recovery, he's realistically at least two more weeks away from pitching for Toronto, in a best-case scenario.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Still playing catch
Merryweather (oblique) doesn't yet have a timetable to return to mound work, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Merryweather had a minor setback in his recovery in early July, but he's still been able to play catch recently. A better timetable for the right-hander's return could be revealed once he resumes mound work, but it appears as though he could be sidelined until at least mid-August.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Suffers setback in recovery
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday that Merryweather "had a little setback," in his recovery from a left oblique strain and has yet to resume throwing off a mound, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
The right-hander was previously nearing a bullpen session but is now currently back to just playing catch after being shut down for a few days. Merryweather will continue to work toward throwing off a mound, though it doesn't sound like the Blue Jays have an exact date in mind for when that milestone could be reached. With all of this in mind, the reliever doesn't seem likely to be activated until late July at the earliest.... See More ... See Less
Blue Jays' Julian Merryweather: Throws side session
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Saturday that Merryweather (oblique) threw a "nice and easy" side session this week, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Although Merryweather didn't throw with much intensity this week, Montoyo seemed pleased with the right-hander's results. He's slated to throw a bullpen session in the near future and will face hitters in live batting practice after that. If all goes well in his next few throwing sessions, Merryweather is expected to begin a rehab assignment afterward.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-4, 200 lbs|
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