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Bisons' Gose gets call from Jays

By Mike Harrington

Anthony Gose is batting .200 in May with 23 strikeouts in 70 at-bats and only four extra-base hits. He's batting .227 for the season with 41 strikeouts in 154 at-bats -- well on his way to more than 100 Ks for the fifth straight year. In a column for today's paper, he told Bucky Gleason, "Right now, I’m probably at the lowest point I’ve ever been in my career. It’s been frustrating. It has felt like the longest month of my life." 

May just got better for Gose. The Blue Jays gave him a surprise callup to the big leagues today, returning reliever Mickey Storey to the Bisons.

Gose somehow leads the IL in runs (36) but has been largely quiet since putting up a .309 average in the first 14 games. Full Gose stat breakdowns here.

Why Gose? Melky Cabrera is battling balky hamstrings and really can't play the outfield much. Gose can play both left and center to spell Cabrera and Colby Rasmus. Moises Sierra (.326-4-18) has been much better here but has played almost exclusively right field. If you were calling up an outfielder from Buffalo, he would be the guy who has played the best by a lot.

Then there's this: Prior to today's 1:07 game against Tampa Bay in Rogers Centre, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that Gose will primarily be used as a pinch-runner and late-inning defensive replacement. And Gose is not in today's Toronto lineup.

Gose might be back in Buffalo sooner rather than later when Rajai Davis comes back from the disabled list too. So I'm thinking this is a short-term deal by need. It won't play well in the Buffalo clubhouse otherwise, e.g. the prospect gets the call no matter what he's doing even though out-of-organization veterans are producing much more. 

A head-scratcher from the deep thinkers in Toronto for sure. If Gose is in the big leagues, he has to play. Sit the bench to pinch run or play defense in the eighth inning? That's goofy. He needs to be on the field every day in Buffalo figuring things out.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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