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Blue Jays shuffle roster, DFA reliever Tepera

@KeeganMatheson
November 4, 2019

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made another pair of moves on Monday to set their 40-man roster for the upcoming offseason, as they designated reliever Ryan Tepera for assignment and outrighted second baseman Devon Travis to Triple-A Buffalo. In related moves, the club also activated Ryan Borucki, Tim Mayza, Matt

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays made another pair of moves on Monday to set their 40-man roster for the upcoming offseason, as they designated reliever Ryan Tepera for assignment and outrighted second baseman Devon Travis to Triple-A Buffalo.

In related moves, the club also activated Ryan Borucki, Tim Mayza, Matt Shoemaker and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. from the 60-day injured list. These moves came soon after the Blue Jays acquired right-hander Chase Anderson from the Brewers on Monday, their first step towards rebuilding their rotation depth for 2020. The Blue Jays’ 40-man roster now sits at a full 40 players.

The Tepera move is the less expected of the two, even after the right-hander missed the majority of the 2019 season with elbow issues that resulted in a procedure to remove bone spurs.

Tepera, now 32, pitched to a 4.98 ERA over his 21 2/3 innings in 2019, but he was one of the club’s most consistent bullpen presences in the four years prior. From 2015 to 2018, Tepera posted a 3.49 ERA and totalled a combined 141 appearances over the past two seasons. The Blue Jays now have seven days to either trade, release or outright Tepera.

Toronto’s decision to outright Travis came after he missed the entire 2019 season due to a long recovery from a left knee procedure. Knee and shoulder injuries have plagued the 28-year-old’s career, limiting the promise that he once showed in ’15 and ’16 after the Blue Jays acquired him from the Tigers.

In 2018, he hit .232 with a .656 OPS over 103 games, but he finished the season optimistic that his health issues were behind him. When he started to feel inflammation midway through Spring Training this year, the second baseman -- who is as widely respected as any player in the organization -- was understandably emotional.

“I love this game,” Travis said in March. “This is not just baseball, but it’s my life. It’s how I take care of my family; it’s how I live the life that I live. I’m thankful for it and everything that comes with it. To wake up every day and call yourself a professional baseball player, that’s been a goal of mine since I was a kid.”

The Blue Jays also officially outrighted relievers Buddy Boshers, Brock Stewart and Ryan Dull to Triple-A. The club announced that Boshers has elected free agency.

Keegan Matheson is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter @KeeganMatheson.