The Rays announced on Tuesday evening that the club acquired outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Hazelbaker on the 40-man roster, the Rays transferred José De León to the 60-day disabled list. Hazelbaker will report to Triple-A Durham.
Hazelbaker, 30, was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Friday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Troy Scribner. Hazelbaker hit .133 during spring training and failed to make the club’s Opening Day roster. He was productive off the bench last year for the D-Backs, batting .346/.443/.577 in 61 plate appearances.
For the Rays, Hazelbaker will serve as outfield depth. The Rays’ outfield is already spoken for, but Hazelbaker could come up in the event of an injury.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.