Julian Merryweather had another setback during his rehab assignment in Dunedin

It’s sad how unsurprising this news is.

Julian Merryweather reportedly suffered a setback during his last (well, his first) rehab outing with the Dunedin Blue Jays on Wednesday. The team isn’t saying what it is or how severe it is, but he won’t be making his next scheduled outing with Dunedin. It was supposed to be this weekend and now it’s “TBD.”

Julian Merryweather had another setback, Charlie Montoyo says. Severity not known just yet. #BlueJays
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) August 20, 2021

Merryweather, as we know, had a handful of amazing outings for the Blue Jays back in April and legitimately looked like he could be the closer or bullpen ace for the team moving forward. Such as been the case with his whole career, though, Merryweather got hurt and has been AWOL since.
His outing with Dunedin on Wednesday, in which he allowed one hit and one walk over one inning while also striking out one, was his first since recording one out against the Yankees back on April 13.
In better news, Nate Pearson, our other desperately-needed-potential-bullpen-saviour, will pitch once more for Buffalo on Sunday and then the team will consider adding him to the big league …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Robbie Ray had an encouraging Blue Jays debut

The combination of Julian Merryweather, Robbie Ray, and Shun Yamaguchi gave the Blue Jays a good effort in Miami on Tuesday, but, unfortunately, some limp bats resulted in a 3-2 loss to the Marlins.

Things worth mentioning…

Julian Merryweather got the start as the opener and dazzled yet again. Over two innings of work, Merryweather didn’t allow a hit, issued one walk, and struck out three. He sat at around 96 miles-per-hour with his fastball and kept hitters off balance with an indistinguishable change-up. Merryweather has now gone seven-and-one-third innings without allowing a run. Here’s a look at how he completely fools hitters with his fastball-change combo…

Julian Merryweather, 79mph high Changeup (called strike) and 98mph elevated Fastball (Swinging K), Overlay. pic.twitter.com/078C5PlGOw
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 1, 2020

Robbie Ray came in after Merryweather to make his Blue Jays debut. The thing with Ray, as we know, is command. He has lethal stuff, but he’s had a hell of a time finding the strike zone this season. In his last outing as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ray issued a whopping six walks over the course of four innings. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation