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Blue Jays recall Dominic Leone from Triple-A

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 27: Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Dominic Leone (51) pitches during the regular season MLB game between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays on June 27, 2017 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire)
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[UPDATE]: The Toronto Blue Jays have since outrighted right-handed relief pitcher Lucas Harrell to Triple-A Buffalo.

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled right-handed pitcher Dominic Leone from Triple-A Buffalo ahead of Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox. To make room on the 25-man roster, the team designated right-handed pitcher Lucas Harrell for assignment.

Leone is on his way back up to the big leagues, having appeared in 34 games out of relief for Toronto this season. He owns a 1-0 record with a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Over his 39.2 innings of work, he has struck out better than a batter per inning, on pace to tie his career-high of 9.5 K/9 IP.

Down at Triple-A Buffalo, he made just four appearances and allowed two earned runs across four innings.

Leone is in his first season with the Blue Jays organization, having been claimed off waivers by the club back in November 2016 from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He scuffled through 28 games with the D-backs franchise, posting a 7.34 ERA over parts of two years.

He exploded on the scene as a 22-year-old rookie in 2014, posting an 8-2 record with a 2.17 ERA over 75 appearances out of relief for the Seattle Mariners, the same club that selected him in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Clemson University.

Harrell’s stint with Toronto was short-lived, appearing in just four games out of relief, including walking home the game-winning run on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.

A seven-year major league veteran with five different organizations, Harrell allowed 10 hits and five earned runs across 6.1 innings of work while with the Blue Jays.



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