Oh threw a perfect sixth inning with one strikeout in Wednesday's win over the Mariners.
He was the first arm out of the bullpen to relieve starter Jaime Garcia with Toronto down 2-1 at the time. Eventually, the Blue Jays captured the lead and it was Tyler Clippard who got the save chance -- the first in the absence of Roberto Osuna (administrative leave). The peripherals slightly favor Oh here, but their usage Wednesday suggests that Oh will (at best) be second in line for save chances during Osuna's absence.
Oh could be in line to serve as the Blue Jays' closer for the foreseeable future after Roberto Osuna was put on administrative leave by MLB on Tuesday after being arrested and charged with assaulting a woman.
There is no official word as to who will be the Jays' closer while Osuna is ineligible to pitch, but Oh has been their next best reliever with recent closing experience, so he seems like the logical bet. Ryan Tepera, Tyler Clippard and John Axford also loom as potential options for the ninth inning. Oh has a 1.76 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 15 strikeouts in 15.1 innings this season, and perhaps just as importantly, he has 40 career saves in 154 games.
Oh pitched one shutout inning and collected a save Sunday against the Yankees.
Oh gave up one hit and struck out one batter in Sunday's victory over New York. Roberto Osuna pitched an inning in Friday and Saturday's games, making it possible for Oh to earn his first save of the season. Oh could hold fantasy value in deeper leagues, as it's possible that he could see additional save opportunities depending on Osuna's availability.
Oh (elbow) received his work visa to join the Blue Jays in camp and is listed as an available pitcher for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.
It's been a tumultuous last couple of months for Oh, who initially agreed to a contract with the Rangers in February before the deal was called off weeks later when the team identified an elbow issue in his physical. Days later, Oh put pen to paper with the Blue Jays after Toronto felt comfortable with his health, but he has been forced to work out on his own the last three weeks while he awaited the visa. With that situation finally remedied, Oh can finally turn his attention to preparing for the start of the season. Though he remains well behind the pace of his bullpen mates after having yet to face hitters, Oh said he has kept his arm conditioned through bullpen sessions and is optimistic he'll be available for Opening Day. Even if that's the case, manager John Gibbons may shy away from using Oh in high-leverage spots early on in the regular season until the right-hander gets settled in.
Oh was hoping to get approved quickly following his meeting at the U.S. consulate in Toronto, but there hasn't been any news regarding his status just yet. In the event that he received the work visa Monday, the Blue Jays scheduled Oh for a bullpen session Tuesday, and an appearance in an exhibition Wednesday, although it seems unlikely he'll be approved before then. More information regarding his eligibility figures to surface in the near future.
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