"The injuries out of Spring Training -- I thought he did a
good job of filling in and giving everything that he had."
Reyes got off to a rough start at the beginning of the year.
He went 0-3 with a 5.00 ERA in his first seven starts.
The native of California then added a cut fastball to his
arsenal of pitches and appeared to turn a corner. Reyes
proceeded to go 3-2 with a 3.50 ERA over a span of seven
Things then took another step in the wrong direction in the
middle of June, as Reyes began to struggle more than he had
at any point in the season. He went 2-3 with an 8.60 ERA
while posting a 1.91 WHIP over his final six starts.
Farrell believes most of those struggles go back to Reyes
not being able to effectively locate his pitches.
"The cutter was a pitch that he added that not only enabled
him to put the ball on the ground, but we saw his pitch
counts begin to drop and become more efficient," Farrell
said. "Over the last six starts, it became more about
command inside the strike zone and the consistency of it.
"[It] really kind of highlighted over the last couple of starts, whether it was the lineups he was facing or whether it was the inconsistent location within the zone. That's where some of the innings that started to unfold on him became a little bit more difficult to shut off."
Reyes went 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts this season. He posted a 1.59 WHIP, which is tied for worst in the Majors, and surrendered the fifth-most hits in the American League with 140.
The fifth-year player likely will be remembered most for
tying the Major League record with a streak of 28
consecutive starts without recording a victory.
That skid began after a start on June 13, 2008, versus the
Angels when he was still playing for the Braves. It didn't end until Reyes picked up a win on May 30, 2011, against the Indians.
Through it all, Farrell said he thought Reyes handled that
situation incredibly well, just like he dealt with the news
of Saturday's DFA.
"The well-publicized stretch that he went through never
deterred him from his work and he handled today's decision
as a pro," Farrell said.
"He understood the reasons behind it, wished he could have
performed a little bit better to continue on. But we felt
like, at that point in time, going forward we had to make a
decision to make a change."
Reyes is 10-23 with a 6.04 ERA in 61 career appearances in
the Major Leagues. He was acquired from the Braves last
season alongside shortstop Yunel Escobar for shortstop Alex
Gonzalez and a pair of prospects.
His departure leaves a void in Toronto's starting rotation.
With an off-day on Monday, the club can opt to have
a new pitcher make the start on either Thursday or Saturday.
Farrell said there are three Minor League candidates --
Jesse Litsch, Zach Stewart and Brad Mills -- for the job, but no official decision has been made.
Ledezma will provide Farrell with another option in the
bullpen until the club needs to promote a starter. Ledezma's
role likely would have been given to left-hander Luis Perez,
but since he was recently optioned to the Minors he can't
be recalled until July 29 as per league rules.
"He has the ability to go multiple innings, as he has with
Las Vegas at various points in the season," Farrell said of
Ledezma. "So, whether or not we look to matchup, we'd
certainly look to do that with [Marc Rzepczynski] first.
"But given this [Rangers] lineup that we're facing, we feel
like the added arm in the bullpen is the right addition to
make at this point."
The 30-year-old Ledezma went 1-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 34
appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas. He struck out 63 while
walking 18 in 46 2/3 innings this season.