Blue Jays send RHP Fernandez to triple-A, lose Merryweather on waivers to Cubs


The Toronto Blue Jays have lost one right-handed reliever to the Chicago Cubs and sent another to triple-A Buffalo.

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The club announced Tuesday that Julian Merryweather has been claimed off waivers by the Cubs, while Junior Fernandez has assigned outright to triple-A.

The Blue Jays claimed Fernandez off waivers from the New York Yankees on Jan. 5.

The 25-year-old appeared in 13 games with the St. Louis Cardinals and three games with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season posting a 2.41 ERA. Fernández was claimed off waivers by the Yankees in November.

The Dominican native was signed as an international free agent by St. Louis in 2014 and made his MLB debut in 2019. Fernández has pitched in 50 career big-league games where he has a 1-1 record and a 5.17 ERA.

The Blue Jays designated Merryweather for assignment last week after signing first baseman Brandon Belt.

Merryweather has battled injuries throughout his time in Toronto. He was the player to be named later in the deal sending Josh Donaldson to Cleveland in 2018.

Merryweather made his major-league debut in August 2020.

In 2021, he suffered an oblique strain in May and didn’t return until September.

Last year, Merryweather missed more than two months with an abdominal strain. He finished 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in 26 appearances.

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