For his role in almost blowing Saturday's eventual 11-9 win by the Blue Jays over Cleveland at the Dome Saturday afternoon, right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez has been sent back to AAA Las Vegas according to Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com. Chad Beck has been beamed up from the 51s to take Chavez's place.
Jesse Chavez posted an 0-1 record with an 8.85 earned run average over 8 appearances, including a pair of starts, with Toronto this season.
Chavez posted a decent 26-8 K/BB ratio over 20.1 innings but his WHIP was 1.57 and his batting average against was .282. The 28 year-old native of Victorville, California has fared much
better with Las Vegas this season, going 7-2 with a 3.84 ERA over a
dozen starts with a 65-15 K/BB ratio over 70.1 innings.Before the Cleveland disaster, Chavez put together a couple of scoreless outings against the White Sox in Chicago before the All-Star break spanning 2.2 innings. He was entrusted to preserve an 11-4 lead when he relieved lefty Aaron Loup, whose impressive debut saw him set down all six hitters he faced - five of them by groundout. However, Chavez did not retire any of the four hitters he faced, resulting in a pair of two-run homers by Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman to make the score 11-8. Drew Carpenter got the first two outs of the inning but needed help from Casey Janssen to clean up the mess for the four-out save. Janssen saved the game for Aaron Laffey, who managed to scrape together five innings to qualify for the win.
At least the offence got the job done, spearheaded by Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind. Encarnacion went deep twice and drove home three while Lind had a four-hit, four-RBI afternoon. Brett Lawrie was on base thrice with two hits, a walk and a stolen base and Kelly Johnson stole a pair of bags to go along with a double. Everyone except for Colby Rasmus and Rajai Davis were in on the hit parade that totalled 13 on the day.
The Jays will face Derek Lowe (8-6, 4.43) against Carlos Villanueva (3-0, 3.05) in the series finale at the Dome Sunday at 1:07 pm ET. Lowe handed the Jays their first loss of 2012 when they averted a season opening sweep by the Jays in Cleveland. Over the last five years, Omar Vizquel is 4-for-9 lifetime against Lowe while Rasmus and Jose Bautista are each 1-for-4.
On the minor league front, BlueJays.com says Las Vegas catcher Travis d'Arnaud is expected to be out for the rest of 2012 after suffering a knee injury last month.
Plus, Twins scouts are checking out Lansing Lugnuts games according to a tweet from Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.