By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
TORONTO -- On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays completed a series of roster moves aimed at shoring up their heavily used group of relievers in advance of their series opener against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre.
Right-hander Marcus Stroman landed on the 10-day disabled list with right-shoulder fatigue while lefty Tim Mayza was optioned, and a pair of righties in Joe Biagini and Sam Gaviglio were both recalled from triple-A Buffalo.
After a shoulder injury led to an abbreviated spring training for the 27-year-old starter, Stroman posted an overall ERA of 7.71 while issuing 18 walks and allowing a WHIP of 1.714 across seven regular-season starts. The 32 earned runs allowed over his 37 1/3 innings at the time of Friday's announcement lead all starters across Major League Baseball.
The DL stint is retroactive to May 9.
"It just got to a point it became very frustrating, physically and mentally," Stroman told reporters on Friday. "Something's not in sync... Mechanically, my body's not in sync right now."
"(It's) a collective decision between me and the staff," he added in regards to Friday's decision to be placed on the disabled list.
Originally scheduled to take the hill for Buffalo on Saturday, Biagini has allowed 11 earned runs while striking out 18 and walking eight batters over 21 1/3 innings on the year. Those totals include a pair of spot starts at the MLB level, the latest of which came in the second half of a May 3 doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.
Due to Major League Baseball's 10-day limit with regards to players being recalled after having been optioned back to the minors, the only way Toronto could have promoted Biagini (who was optioned following his start in Cleveland) was by way of a corresponding disabled list move.
Acquired from the Royals this spring, Gaviglio, 28, has appeared in five games with the Bisons, allowing six earned runs on 21 hits while striking out 29 and issuing only four walks through 29 innings. Friday's promotion represents the fourth time the former fifth-round draft pick has been promoted to a Major League roster since signing with the Cardinals in 2011.
Having now been sent to the minors for a third time since making his 2018 Blue Jays debut in April, Mayza departs having allowed three earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in the Show this season. The hard-throwing southpaw accounted for six outs in Thursday's 9-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners, and tied a career-high 32 pitches thrown in his latest appearance with Toronto.
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