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Blue Jays release B.J. Ryan

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Associated Press-

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays released one-time closer B.J. Ryan and activated current closer Scott Downs from the 15-day disabled list.

Toronto announced the moves before Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Ryan has struggled this season, going 1-1 with a 6.53 ERA in 25 relief appearances. The left-hander allowed 22 hits, including five homers, and 17 walks over 20 2/3 innings.

Downs had been sidelined by a left big toe injury.

B.J. Ryan has to be one of the worst contracts of recent memory.  I'm sure some team will pick him up, left-handed pitching always is a hot commodity, and I'll guarantee some pitching coach out there believes they can correct Ryan's troubles.

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