Blue Jays designate Tommy Hottovy for assignment

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

The Blue Jays are the latest team to make lefty reliever Tommy Hottovy available.

Following the signing of Henry Blanco, the Toronto Blue Jays have designated reliever Tommy Hottovy for assignment to make room on their 40 man roster. Hottovy was picked up by the Blue Jays just yesterday after he was DFA-ed by the Texas Rangers to make room on their roster for Lance Berkman.

The 30 year old lefty threw just 9⅓ innings at the major league level last year as a member of the Kansas City Royals organization and he has seen just 13 innings of major league action in his career. At Triple-A, Hottovy managed a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings last season despite pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast league. He was sent to the Rangers from Kansas City for a player to be named later in November.

Hottovy could change teams once again this off-season as a result of this move. While his age and lack of major league experience make him expendable for teams like Toronto and Texas, his strong Triple-A performance last year could earn him a place in someone's bullpen this year. Left-handed relievers are always needed and the former Royals' farm hand has been intriguing enough to be claimed twice already this off-season.

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