Shafer (illness) worked around a hit and a walk to deliver a scoreless seventh inning in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Orioles.
Shafer was unavailable in Friday's series opener after falling ill shortly after the game began, but he apparently recovered from the ailment overnight and re-entered the Toronto bullpen. In his prior appearance before the illness, Shafer secured his first career save, but he's expected to work in a setup capacity moving forward with closer Ken Giles (elbow) likely to return to action Sunday.
Shafer got sick mid-game Friday night and was unavailable to pitch, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.CA reports.
As a result, Derek Law pitched the last two innings to get the save against the Orioles. Shafer's hold on the closer job, such as it is while Ken Giles (elbow) is out, is pretty tenuous to begin with. As soon as Shafer's available again he'll be an option in the ninth, as will Law and Tim Mayza.
Shafer had one strikeout and didn't allow a baserunner in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday versus the Royals.
Closer Ken Giles (elbow) is still recovering from a cortisone shot, providing Shafer the chance to earn his first career save. The 26-year-old has a 2.37 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 20:13 K:BB through 19 innings this season, and he should see a higher-leverage role for the remainder of the season following the trade departures of David Phelps, Daniel Hudson, Joe Biagini and Aaron Sanchez.
Shafer (elbow) threw on the field prior to Tuesday's game against Cleveland, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Shafer left Monday's game with right elbow discomfort, but the fact that he's throwing again just one day later seems to be encouraging. He was watched by his pitching coach and a team trainer. If he winds up requiring a trip to the injured list, that news should come relatively soon.
Shafer left Monday's game against Cleveland due to right elbow discomfort, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
Shafer will head for further evaluation after being pulled from his outing. The extent of his elbow injury is not yet known.
Shafer left Monday's game against the Indians with an apparent injury, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Shafer looked to suffer the injury while throwing a pitch during the sixth inning, and he would leave with the team trainer shortly after. He'll be considered day-to-day until the details surrounding his injury are revealed.
Shafer (1-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Red Sox, giving up a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of relief while striking out one.
The Jays took the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning, making the rookie right-hander the pitcher of record after he replaced Jacob Waguespack to close out the fifth. Shafer's 2.13 ERA through 12.2 innings looks pretty, but his 12:9 K:BB isn't making a strong case for higher-leverage work.
The Blue Jays recalled Shafer from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
He'll provide Toronto with a fresh arm out of the bullpen for the series finale with the Orioles after long relievers Sam Gaviglio covered three innings and Nick Kingham covered 2.2 innings in games Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Blue Jays optioned outfielder Jonathan Davis to Triple-A to clear room on the active roster for Shafer.
Shafer was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Shafer made one appearance during his most recent stint with the Blue Jays, allowing one hit while striking out two batters in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Ken Giles (elbow) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Shafer was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Shafer has posted a 3.86 ERA over seven innings this season with the Blue Jays, but he's struggled with his command at times (7:8 K:BB). Justin Smoak (quadriceps) was moved to the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Shafer was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Shafer was sent to the minors to free up a roster spot for David Phelps (elbow), who was activated from the injured list Monday. The right-hander made two appearances during his most recent stint with the Blue Jays, allowing one run across 3.1 innings while posting a 5:3 K:BB.
Shafer was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
Shafer will replace Elvis Luciano (elbow), who was sent to the injured list Thursday, on the roster and in the bullpen. In a brief stint with the Blue Jays earlier in the season, Shafer made three relief appearances and posted a 4.91 ERA, 3.00 WHIP and 2:5 K:BB in 3.2 innings.
Shafer was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Shafer spent less than a week on the big-league roster. He allowed two runs and posted a 2:5 K:BB in 3.2 innings of work.
Shafer's contract was purchased by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Shafer recorded a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings in his debut season for the Blue Jays last year, but that figure obscures a 2:7 K:BB and a 7.12 FIP. In 18.2 frames for Triple-A Buffalo this year, he owns an excellent 0.96 ERA. Zac Rosscup was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Shafer (elbow) is listed among the Blue Jays' available bullpen arms for Thursday's Grapefruit League game versus the Phillies, John Lott of The Athletic reports.
Shafer made his first appearance of the spring in Monday's 3-0 loss to the Yankees, giving up two hits in a scoreless inning of relief. It marked the 26-year-old's first competitive outing since Sept. 14, as the Blue Jays shuttered Shafer for the rest of the season following that appearance while he managed a Grade 1 flexor strain. Shafer entered spring training at full health and will get the chance to compete for a job in the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot hurts his chances.
Shafer (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
Shafer was cast off the 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for one of the Blue Jays' younger prospects. The 26-year-old spent a majority of the 2018 season at the Triple-A level but posted a 3.24 ERA and 1.56 WHIP across 8.1 innings in the majors.
Shafer is dealing with a Grade 1 flexor strain, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
Shafer will be unavailable until he's further evaluated when the Blue Jays return home Thursday. Depending on the severity of the issue, the soon-to-be 26-year-old may not pitch again this season.
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