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Blue Jays claim Giants reliever Neil Ramirez off waivers


The Toronto Blue Jays added some depth to their struggling bullpen on Thursday, claiming right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

Ramirez, 27, was designated for assignment by the Giants at the end of April.

The reliever, who made San Francisco’s opening day bullpen, pitched just 10 1/3 innings for the National League team, allowing 15 earned runs on 16 hits. He jas a 13.06 ERA.

He has 18 strikeouts and four walks so far this season.

Ramirez divided his 2016 season between the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins. In his two previous seasons with the Cubs he posted 3.21 and 1.44 ERAs, through 19 and 50 games respectively.

Toronto already has nine relievers on its active roster.

It has been a bullpen-heavy season for the Jays so far this year, thanks to injuries to Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ.

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