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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays voted helper Julian Merryweather to Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon and recalled left-hander Foster Griffin from the Bisons.

Merryweather’s demotion came a day after he gave up five earned runs over two-thirds of an inning in an 18-11 win over Philadelphia, taking his earned running average to 6.75.

The right-hander, 30, spent 12 weeks on the injured list with a left abdominal strain before being activated on September 5.

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Merryweather was 0-3 in 26 appearances with Toronto this season. Opponents batted against him with an average of .292.

Griffin, 27, was acquired in a deal with the Kansas City Royals last July. He was 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA over 37 Triple-A appearances with Buffalo and Omaha that year.

The Blue Jays were scheduled to wrap up a two-game miniseries against the Phillies on Wednesday night.

Toronto (84-64) sits second in the American League East standings and holds the first of three AL wildcard positions.

At the start of Wednesday’s games, the Blue Jays were two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Seattle Mariners.

The New York Yankees were 5 1/2 games ahead of second-place Toronto in the divisional race.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 21, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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