B.J. update

Because they suffered another loss (4-1 to the Rays), the Blue Jays didn’t require the use of a closer Tuesday night. But if they had? Well, manager Cito Gaston would have turned to Jason Frasor, who has filled in at closer while Scott Downs has been on the disabled list.

The important thing in all of this is the fact that B.J. Ryan has found himself nowhere near the closer role since his own return from the DL back in mid-May. In fact, there’s a very good chance he’ll never serve as the closer for the rest of his tenure in Toronto.

So what has he been doing since coming off the DL? Well, he’s still been coming out of the bullpen – just rarely in important situations. We know he hasn’t appeared in a save situation, but he’s also only recorded two holds in 18 appearances out of the ‘pen (a reliever earns a hold any time he enters a game in a save situation, records at least one out and leaves the game never having relinquished the lead). During that same time, Brandon League has recorded four holds.

He’s lowered his ERA from a ballooned 11.12 down to 5.40, but he’s continued his command problems, recording more walks (10) than strikeouts (9). And most importantly, he’s basically been used in ‘unimportant’ situations. The Jays’ record in the 18 games in which Ryan has appeared is 5-13.

Oh, and he’s making $12 million this year.

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