Adeiny Hechavarria Promoted As Toronto Blue Jays Make Major Changes

By Mark Hock

After a disappointing 5-4 loss in extra innings to the Oakland Athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays have made some major changes. Brett Cecil was mercifully demoted to AAA after yet another poor start, allowing recently acquired J.A. Happ to join the rotation. He’s expected to make his first start this Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. With one roster spot open, and Brett Lawrie as well as Colby Rasmus likely to miss a few days with injuries, the Blue Jays have called up shortstop prospect Adeiny Hechavarria.

The Blue Jays added another two to the injury list, as Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie both injured themselves over the course of the game. Given how this season has gone, it’s actually surprising the pair made it through August without an injury. Nevertheless, it’s forced Moises Sierra to be the starting right fielder, pushing Anthony Gose into center. And with Lawrie out, Adeiny Hechavarria will make his major league debut at third base.

Hechavarria was doing solid in Vegas, hitting 313/363/424. That kind of performance would rank amongst the best in his minor league career over a full season. However it’s important to note that this came in the hitters paradise of Las Vegas, so we shouldn’t expect a strong performance from Hechavarria with the bat. In fact, of the 12 players in Vegas who have at least 200 plate appearances, Hechavarria ranks 8th above fellow superstar hitters Chris Woodward and Mike McCoy.

The Blue Jays will continue to struggle to score runs, but their defence will remain strong. Rajai Davis will play in left, while Anthony Gose will show off his range and talented arm in centerfield. The left side of the infield won’t miss Brett Lawrie, one of the top defensive third baseman in the league, as Hechavarria’s calling card is his outstanding defence. So as long as the ball stays in the park, the Jays will be able to keep the game close.

A second roster move was made to designate Andrew Carpenter for assignment. In his place Jesse Chavez was recalled. It’s a puzzling move to add another bullpen arm at a time when the lineup depth and bench will be non-existent, leaving only a healthy Omar Vizquel as a replacement.

The Blue Jays continue their season against the Athletics today at 4:05, with Ricky Romero facing off against Peter A.J. Griffin.

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