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Toronto Blue Jays designate former All-Star reliever Brad Hand

Aug 2, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) reacts after giving up a hit during the tenth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 2, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) reacts after giving up a hit during the tenth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Unable to deliver during a short stay in Toronto, former All-Star reliever Brad Hand was designated for assignment Tuesday by the Blue Jays.

The left-hander had been acquired by the Blue Jays from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline, but he was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in 11 outings with Toronto.

The Blue Jays filled Hand’s roster spot by activating catcher Danny Jansen from the 10-day injured list.

Hand had 21 saves for the Nationals earlier this season before he was dealt for catcher Riley Adams. But while he had a 2.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in Washington, it was 1.67 in Toronto. His WHIP went from 1.148 with the Nationals to 1.846 with the Blue Jays, well above his career 1.238 mark.

In 11 seasons the 31-year-old is 31-50 with a 3.70 ERA and 126 saves, earning All-Star nods in 2017 and 2018 with the San Diego Padres and 2019 with the Cleveland Indians.

Jansen, 26, is batting .176 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 49 games for the Blue Jays this season and is hitting .202 with 27 home runs and 81 RBIs in parts of four seasons with the club.

–Field Level Media