TORONTO -- Left-hander Wil Ledezma was designated for assignment following the Blue Jays' 12-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon.
Ledezma was brought out to start the ninth inning in a 6-0 game but struggled to get through the frame. He was charged with six runs on five hits and three walks while throwing just 21 of his 45 pitches for strikes.
Toronto, which was faced with a lot of tired arms in the bullpen, had no other choice but to stick with Ledezma through the rough outing.
"No one wants to have to go through that," Blue Jays acting manager Don Wakamatsu said. "But we talked about three starts in a row not getting into the sixth and the bullpen being overworked. Once we fell behind 6-0 we tried to piece it together and get through that ballgame."
Ledezma, who spent most of the year in Triple-A Las Vegas, appeared in just five games for the Blue Jays. He posted a 15.00 ERA in six innings and noticeably struggled with his control, issuing seven walks.
The 30-year-old is 15-25 with a 5.40 ERA in 192 career appearances in the Major Leagues. Toronto will make a corresponding roster prior to Monday night's series finale against the Rays to complete its 25-man roster.
Arencibia catching baserunners off guard
TORONTO -- The results weren't on full display Sunday afternoon but the Blue Jays coaching staff believes J.P. Arencibia has taken a step forward in his ability to control the running game.
Arencibia has received a lot of attention for his production in the batter's box but it's his overall performance behind the plate that is arguably of greater importance.
The 25-year-old allowed two stolen bases on Sunday but the day before he set a career high by throwing out three baserunners. It's one area of his game that Arencibia has been focusing on during recent weeks with bench coach Don Wakamatsu.
"We've been trying to figure out how to time everything up because he has the arm strength and he has the agility back there," Wakamatsu said. "It's just been, for the lack of a better word, disconnected in a sense.
"A couple of weeks ago we made some adjustments with his feet and that seemed to improve his lower half. Just trying, without getting too technical, trying to get his exchange a little quicker out in front and not so much behind him."
Arencibia's biggest weakness in his throwing mechanics is that he would bring his arm too far back during the throw. That increased the loading time and provided the runner with a better opportunity to steal the base.
Wakamatsu noticed the issue and recently suggested making a few changes. The goal was to have Arencibia load the throw without reaching as far back behind his body.
"I think it's more trying to match up like a perfect swing," Wakamatsu said. "When everything just works it's an easy swing. That's kind of what we're looking back there.
"It's not a muscle throw, it's not too quick and we kind of go back and forth. I've seen some improvement for maybe a week and a half now where we think we're on the right track with it. Yesterday was validation."
Arencibia has thrown out 25 percent of base runners this season, which ranks sixth in the American League among qualifying catchers.
The Florida native also leads all AL catchers with 20 home runs on the season. That ties a Toronto franchise record for most by a catcher, and he becomes only the sixth rookie at the position in Major League history to hit at least 20.
Arencibia is batting .212 on the year and since July 6 leads all Blue Jays with 26 RBIs.
Blue Jays go right-handed against Price
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays unveiled a new lineup on Sunday afternoon to try to combat the overpowering arsenal of left-hander David Price.
The club opted to use the opportunity to rest first baseman Adam Lind. That allowed acting manager Don Wakamatsu to get an extra right-handed bat into his lineup by starting Edwin Encarnacion at first and using Jose Molina at designated hitter.
"Just been tired and figured this is a good opportunity with day game and then night game, we can kind of get [Lind] rejuvenated," said Wakamatsu, who added Lind is no longer being bothered by a right wrist injury.
"I think it's just more that time right now where he's beat up a little bit, with a little bit of everything, nothing severe and just trying to give him an opportunity here to get rested up."
Utility man Mike McCoy started in the leadoff spot and took over in center field for Dewayne Wise.
Price entered play on Sunday having limited left-handed batters to a .179 average. Righties have managed to hit .252 against him during 27 games this season.
"With Price out there, you look at the splits, and you just try to do the best you can to try and make something work out there," Wakamatsu said.
Farrell misses third game with pneumonia
TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Farrell missed his third consecutive game on Sunday because of pneumonia.
Farrell was taken to the hospital on Thursday night after experiencing discomfort in the left side of his chest. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and has been forced to stay away from the team ever since.
The 49-year-old briefly came to Rogers Centre on Saturday morning to be examined by the Blue Jays medical staff but he remains day-to-day.
"I talked to John this morning, getting better, still pretty weak and we're going to try and be real cautious with it," Toronto acting manager Don Wakamatsu told reporters on Sunday. "I know he wants to get back but we want to make sure he's okay."
The Blue Jays entered play Sunday 0-2 during Farrell's absence. That had Wakamatsu, who managed in Seattle last year, joking around with the media that he was looking for someone else to blame.
"I tell Luis [Rivera] every day, 'Come on you have to be a better bench coach,' " Wakamatsu said. "I have to pass it to somebody."
Right-hander Jon Rauch threw a bullpen session prior to Sunday's game against the Rays. Rauch has been out since undergoing an appendectomy in Seattle on Aug. 16.
The veteran reliever will require a rehab assignment before making his return to the Blue Jays and likely will be out until the second week of September.
Carlos Villanueva was scheduled to make his first rehab appearance for Class A Dunedin on Sunday. The 27-year-old is expected to throw one inning with a maximum of 25 pitches.
Villanueva has been out since Aug. 4 with a strained right forearm. He is 6-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 26 games this season.
Outfielder Rajai Davis has begun jogging and taking batting practice at the Blue Jays Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla. The club is optimistic he will be able to return from a torn left hamstring before the end of the season.
Davis is batting .237 one home run and 29 RBIs in 95 games this season. He suffered the injury while running to first base on Aug. 14 in a game against the Angels.
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