The Blue Jays released Clayton Richard on his birthday

Clayton Richard turned 36 years old today. His gift from the Blue Jays? A paid vacation.

The Blue Jays, just shortly after wishing Richard a happy birthday on Instagram, reported that the veteran lefty had been released in order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Elvis Luciano.

ROSTER MOVE:
We’ve reinstated RHP Elvis Luciano from the 60-day IL. To make room, LHP Clayton Richard has been released. pic.twitter.com/CJsWrp2uxB
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 12, 2019

I mean, it makes sense. The Jays need to get Luciano back on the team so he can fulfill his 90 days on the active roster in order to not return the Rule 5 pick-up back to the Kansas City Royals. It’s just, uh, unfortunate the birthday boy was the odd-man-out.
As Shi Davidi/Hazel Mae report, Luciano needs to be on the active roster for 18 more days. There are, coincidentally, 18 days left in the season. So, no, unfortunately, the Jays couldn’t have waited until the day after Richard’s birthday to give him the axe.
Hopefully they baked him a nice cake.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

It’ll actually be Ryan Feierabend starting Saturday, not Clayton Richard

Clayton Richard was with the Blue Jays when the team arrived in Chicago to open up their four-game series with the White Sox on Thursday, so everyone assumed that he would be making his season debut on Saturday. It turns out that isn’t the case. Instead, lefty knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend will be getting the start.

#BlueJays likely to start lefty knuckleballer Ryan Feierabend tomorrow
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 18, 2019

He isn’t currently on the 40-man, so the Jays will need to make a corresponding transaction to add Feierabend to the roster. The easiest thing, I figure, would be to DFA Javy Guerra again.
Feierabend was an interesting under-the-radar minor league signing the Jays made right at the beginning of spring training. He pitched in the majors with Seattle between 2006 and 2008, spent five full seasons in the minors, and then pitched with Texas in 2014. Feierabend spent the last four seasons pitching in Korea where he worked on the art of the knuckleball.
Jay Jaffe over at FanGraphs wrote a feature about Feierabend back when the Jays signed him, making the knuckleballer seem much more interesting than your standard, mid-30s minor league depth signing.
Since adding the knuckler, Feierabend has …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation