Valdez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles earlier in January, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
The 34-year-old will return to affiliated ball for the first time since 2017 after spending the past two seasons in the Mexican League. Before heading south of the border, Valdez had logged 20 career appearances in the majors between the Diamondbacks, Athletics and Blue Jays, posting a collective 7.34 ERA. The Orioles likely plan to have Valdez serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Norfolk or Double-A Bowie.
Valdez (shoulder) was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Valdez -- who hadn't pitched in the majors since 2010 prior to this season -- struggled in his return to the bigs, compiling an unsightly 7.63 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 30.2 innings split between the A's and Blue Jays. His success has never really translated to the major-league level, so there's a good chance he starts out in the minors next season.
Valdez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
This could help explain Valdez's struggles during his most recent start, as he was lit up for six runs in 3.1 innings. There is no estimated return date for him at this point, and it remains unclear whether he will rejoin the starting rotation when he does return given his unsightly 10.32 ERA over his previous three starts. Leonel Campos was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster, though his replacement in the rotation has yet to be named.
Valdez was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a right shoulder impingement, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
After impressing in his initial start with the Blue Jays on July 25, tossing six innings of one-run ball, Valdez failed to get out of the fourth inning in his subsequent two turns, yielding a combined 13 runs (12 earned) over 5.1 frames. The shoulder issue may have factored into Valdez's back-to-back poor outings, but that won't necessarily earn him another look in the rotation once he eventually regains health. In the meantime, the Blue Jays will have to sift through their pool of minor-league starters to find a rotation replacement for Valdez, who was initially on track to pitch Wednesday against the Yankees.
Valdez (1-1) coughed up six runs on six hits and two walks over 3.1 innings in Friday's 16-7 loss to the Astros. He struck out one.
The right-hander was hardly alone in his struggles on the night -- Houston's offense scored at least one run against every Toronto pitcher it faced, and homered off five of the six -- but Valdez has now had two awful starts in a row, leaving him with a 7.63 ERA and putting his spot in the rotation in serious jeopardy. If the team doesn't make a move to replace him, his next trip to the mound would come Wednesday at home against another potent offense in the Yankees.
Valdez is scheduled to start Friday's game against the Astros, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Francisco Liriano was recently traded to Houston, providing an opportunity for Valdez to stick in the Blue Jays' starting rotation for the time being. He was lit up for seven runs (six earned) in two innings during his last outing, so it could be a good chance to stack Houston hitters against him.
Valdez was shelled in Sunday's start against the Angels, as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk in two innings of work. He also struck out two. He didn't factor into the decision.
Valdez did pitch in the third inning, although he failed to record an out in six batters and was promptly removed from the contest. The 32-year-old required 51 pitches to complete the two frames, and just 33 of those went for strikes. Amazingly, he didn't take the loss due to a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the ninth by the Blue Jays. Despite that, his ERA now sits at a lofty 6.59 mark on the season, making him fairly unattractive even if he does hold a rotation spot. If Aaron Sanchez (finger) is unable to return from the disabled list, Valdez could remain in the rotation and make his next scheduled start Saturday in Houston.
Valdez (1-0) allowed only one run on five hits and a walk while striking out four over six-plus innings in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the A's.
The 32-year-old pounded the strike zone, throwing 51 of 77 pitches for strikes, and the Jays defense turned two double plays behind him in the first three innings to prevent any kind of Oakland rally. Valdez now has a 1.69 ERA and 13:4 K:BB in 16 innings over five appearances as a Blue Jay, which should be more than enough to earn him a longer stay in the rotation. If he stays on schedule, his next start would come Sunday at home against the Angels.
Valdez is expected to start Tuesday's game against the Athletics, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
There was some speculation that the veteran would move in to start if Aaron Sanchez (finger) landed on the disabled list, and with the latter condition coming true, Valdez will likely take his spot. This designation hinges on Valdez not appearing in relief in the meantime, but if all holds true, he would line up to face Oakland ace Sonny Gray in the second game of the series.
Valdez is a candidate to pick up Monday's start against Oakland if Aaron Sanchez (blister) is unable to make it, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Valdez stepped in Wednesday, striking out five over four shutout innings, when Sanchez was forced out due to blistering. Joe Biagini is also a possibility to make Monday's spot start, but he's already banked a heavy workload in that role this year, and Toronto may was to limit his innings. Valdez has just three big-league starts to his name -- two in 2010 as a Diamondback, and one earlier this year with Oakland. Even if he does start Monday, the 32-year-old's ceiling isn't worth the risk of plugging him into a fantasy lineup.
Valdez allowed just one hit while striking out five over four scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Called in when Aaron Sanchez left the game after four innings due to another blister, Valdez dominated Boston's hitters and kept the Jays within striking distance, although the team's offense wouldn't take advantage. With Sanchez likely to miss at least one start, Valdez -- who has a 3.15 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 71.1 innings at Triple-A this year -- may have staked a claim to taking his spot in the rotation after this performance.
Valdez was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Valdez was brought up prior to Wednesday's game against the Red Sox due to Michael Bolsinger's placement on the disabled list with right knee inflammation. During six major-league appearances this year, Valdez has posted a 7.90 ERA with a 1.83 WHIP over the course of 13.2 innings. He will likely only be used in low-leverage situations while with the Blue Jays.
Valdez will head back to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports.
Valdez only earned one appearance during his brief stay with the Jays, allowing two earned runs off four hits and two walks during 3.1 innings of work Thursday. The right-hander will likely be back with the team in the near future, especially if the injury bug continues to hit the Blue Jays.
Valdez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
He'll fill the vacancy created when Leonel Campos (groin) was placed on the disabled list. Valdez has been solid as a swingman for the Bisons this season, logging a 3.67 ERA and a 29:7 K:BB in 34.1 innings pitched, so he'll head to the majors to provide a fresh arm in Toronto's bullpen. He seems to be destined for a long-relief role.
Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Valdez, along with Dwight Smith, was sent down in order to clear roster space for Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, both of whom are returning from injury Friday. The 32-year-old right-hander, claimed off waivers from Oakland earlier this month, pitched one scoreless inning for the Blue Jays but will make his next appearance in the minors, where he has a 3.00 ERA through two starts this season.
Valdez was recalled by the Blue Jays on Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
The Blue Jays recently claimed Valdez after he was designated for assignment by the A's. He was touched up for three or more runs in three of his four outings with Oakland earlier in the season. He'll add some depth to the Blue Jays' bullpen, likely as a middle reliever with the capability to go multiple innings if needed.
Valdez was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays and optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Valdez was designated for assignment earlier in the week after allowing 10 earned runs through 9.1 major-league innings this season. He'll likely stick around in Buffalo, given his career 8.28 ERA over 29.1 innings in the majors.
Valdez was designated for assignment Wednesday.
Valdez had allowed 10 earned runs on 14 hits over 9.1 innings this season. In his four outings, he allowed three or more runs three times, including getting walloped for three home runs in just one inning of work Tuesday against Minnesota. Josh Smith and Bobby Wahl were called up in corresponding moves.
Valdez gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk over three innings in Friday's 9-4 loss to the Astros.
The A's had a need for some long relief after Jharel Cotton exited with just one out in the fifth, and Valdez was able to gobble up the final three innings. He was relatively efficient in throwing just 37 pitches, but also was touched up for a solo homer by Yuli Gurriel and two-run double by Carlos Correa. The 32-year-old figures to stick around the Oakland bullpen for a while, as he offers manager Bob Melvin a multi-inning option that can also start in a pinch.
Valdez was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Valdez started one game for Oakland earlier in the season, during which he allowed three runs over four innings. However, he'll have the chance to improve off that rough outing as he heads back up to the majors. In a corresponding move, Raul Alcantara was designated for assignment.
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