NEW YORK – Not only is Teoscar Hernandez staying put, but infield prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., is expected to join him as the Toronto Blue Jays juggle their roster with Kendrys Morales due to come off the disabled list Friday, multiple industry sources told Sportsnet.
Utility infielder Gift Ngoepe and left-hander Tim Mayza are expected to be optioned to triple-A Buffalo to make room, the sources told me and Hazel Mae.
The team didn’t announce any roster moves after Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees, but earlier in the day manager John Gibbons repeated that Morales would be activated Friday and hinted that Hernandez wasn’t going anywhere.
Hernandez, recalled last week when Josh Donaldson was placed on the disabled list, has nine hits, five of them for extra bases, in five games since being recalled.
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Adding Gurriel, mashing the ball at double-A New Hampshire with a .347/.382/.510 slash line through 12 games, gives Gibbons the potential for more production in the infield when either second baseman Devon Travis or shortstop Aledmys Diaz need a day off.
Ngoepe went 1-for-18 with a walk in 12 strikeouts over 12 games.
Gurriel, 24, signed a $22-million, seven-year deal in November 2016 and was ranked by Baseball America as the club’s fifth best prospect in 2018.