Ramirez was called up from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old right-hander was brought up to help offset the placement of Santiago Casilla on the disabled list due to a right shoulder strain. Ramirez had just been claimed off waivers by the Athletics on May 20 after being let go by the Blue Jays, and he'd fired two scoreless innings in his only appearance for the Sounds prior to his callup. Ramirez also logged two big-league appearances this season while with Toronto, allowing an earned run on a hit and five walks while also recording three strikeouts across 2.2 innings.
Ramirez was scooped up by the Athletics a week after being designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. The reliever owns a cumulative 2.57 ERA over eight minor league seasons and held a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings of relief with the Blue Jays over the past two seasons.
Ramirez will cede his spot on the 40-man roster to Deck McGuire, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Buffalo in a corresponding move. The right-hander, who enjoyed a 47.2-inning scoreless streak across three levels at one point in 2017, made two appearances for the big club this season, giving up a run on one hit and five walks in 2.1 innings. If Ramirez goes unclaimed off waivers, he'll likely report to Buffalo.
Ramirez was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.
The Blue Jays made a series of moves following Thursday's doubleheader against the Indians on Thursday, including optioning Ramirez back to the minors just a few days after calling him up to the big leagues. Over two appearances, he allowed one earned run off one hit and five walks while striking out three in 2.1 innings of relief. He will likely spend a majority of the 2018 season at the Triple-A level.
Ramirez was promoted to the big leagues Sunday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.
Ramirez will take the place of second baseman Devin Travis, who was struggling at the dish this season (batting .148 over 66 at-bats). The right-handed pitcher is set to come out of the bullpen where the Blue Jays are already depleted. Ramirez gave up two runs on a hit and two walks across one inning in his last outing against Triple-A Pawtucket, but he'll look for a fresh start on the big-league stage.
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