Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed on Tuesday night that pitcher Matt Dermody would be optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster for Nick Tepesch, who will be called up to start against the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
John Gibbons confirms Nick Tepesch starts tomorrow, Matt Dermody optioned to make room. #BlueJays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 9, 2017
Dermody is a 26-year-old rookie who has appeared in five games for the Blue Jays so far in 2017. For his career, he has thrown seven total innings with 14 hits allowed, 11 earned runs, and five home runs. He has a 14.14 ERA, but also a perfect 1-0 record. Dermody was drafted by the Blue Jays back in 2013 in the 28th round, and the left-hander has a 3.47 ERA in 311.2 innings across five seasons in the minors.
Tepesch is a right-handed pitcher who wasn’t even in the Blue Jays’ organization a few weeks ago. He was drafted in the 14th round back in 2010 by the Texas Rangers and made his big-league debut in 2013. Over two seasons with the Rangers prior to being granted free agency, Tepesch posted a 4.56 ERA in 219 innings with 5.4 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.
The 28-year-old started the 2017 season by signing a deal with the Minnesota Twins on Jan. 11. He made one appearance for the Twins this season, allowing seven runs (only one earned) in 1.2 innings on May 6. The Twins released Tepesch on June 7, but re-signed him again just days later. On July 24, his contract was purchased from Minnesota by the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays will enter play on Wednesday with a 53-59 record, in last place in the AL East and 10.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox.