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Toronto Blue Jays select contract of pitcher Tommy Milone

Mar 17, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays  pitcher Tommy Milone (69) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Tommy Milone (69) throws a pitch during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of veteran left-hander Tommy Milone on Sunday afternoon.

In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays optioned right-hander Joel Payamps to the team’s alternate training site. Toronto cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for Milone by transferring right-hander Kirby Yates to the 60-day injured list.

Milone, 34, went 1-4 with a 6.69 ERA in nine starts in 2020. He made six starts with the Baltimore Orioles, going 1-4 with a 3.99 ERA, and three starts with the Atlanta Braves, going 0-0 with a 14.90 ERA.

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In 183 career games (145 starts), Milone is 51-51 with a 4.56 ERA. The Blue Jays will be his ninth team in 11 seasons.

Payamps, 26, has pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings this season. He is 0-0 with a 3.24 ERA in five career relief appearances.

Yates will miss the 2021 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

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–Field Level Media