A Rule 5 pick by the Blue Jays this past offseason, Sparkman was designated for assignment by Toronto earlier in the week. Sparkman was shelled by the Red Sox in his second outing of the season last Sunday, surrendering seven earned runs while recording just one out. He'll likely work out of the bullpen once he arrives to his new team in Arkansas.
The Rule 5 pick lasted just two games with the big club before being dropped from the 40-man roster. He allowed seven runs on nine hits and one walk over just one inning of work (two appearances). Sparkman will likely be returned to the Royals if he ends up passing through waivers untouched. Mike Bolsinger had his contract selected in a corresponding move.
Sparkman (thumb) was activated off the 60-day disabled list Thursday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
The Rule 5 selection's rehab window was coming to a close, but Sparkman's strong showing in recent outings at Triple-A Buffalo convinced the Blue Jays that he's ready to join the big league club. He'll add bullpen depth for Toronto, but his lack of strikeout upside hinders his value, even in deeper formats.
Following Sunday's rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo, Sparkman (thumb) said he "felt great," The Buffalo News reports.
The Rule 5 pick has allowed four earned runs over 16 innings while striking out 10 through four rehab starts. Sparkman said patience was critical to overcoming his injury, but he feels ready to go now. "It was a thumb injury," the right-hander said. "It was my pitching hand, too, so you've got to take your time so I can get control of my pitches. But it's been good." If all goes to plan, Sparkman should make his Jays debut before the end of June.
Sparkman (thumb) had his rehab assignment transferred to Double-A New Hampshire on Tuesday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Sparkman has been out since spring training, but he's been able to make two rehab appearances thus far. He pitched over three innings in both appearances, so it seems like he's nearing a return to the Blue Jays' bullpen. The Rule 5 pick must be kept on the big-league roster the whole season or else he'll need to be offered back to his original team.
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