JAYS MAKE FIRST CUTS THIS WEEK

The Toronto Blue Jays returned three non-roster pitchers to their minor league complex this week, righthanders Jeremy Cummings and Jamie Vermilyea and Lefthander Ryan Ketchner.

Cummings, 31, was 6-8 with a 4.11 ERA in 22 starts split between Syracuse and Rochester last season.  The veteran righthander has spent the past three years at the AAA-level with Scranton, Rochester and Syracuse.

Vermilyea, 26, was 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 22 appearances, mostly in relief last season with the Chiefs.  He also appeared in 2-games with the Blue Jays.

Ketchner, 25, was 1-11 with a 5.62 ERA in 19-starts for Portland (PCL) in the San Diego Padres organization.  The Wellsville, New York native was born partially deaf and has roughly 10% of his hearing and is a talented lip reader.

Ketchner was the Seattle Mariners 10th selection in the June 2000 draft out of High School.  In 2003 he was a California League All Star at Inland Empire when he went 14-7 and led the league with 159 strike outs.

He was traded to the Dodgers in 2004 and spent that season at AA-Jacksonville where he went 8-7 with a 3.02 ERA.  He was injured much of 2006 and returned to action half way through the 2007 season.

Withe the Chiefs scheduled to begin spring training games this week, look for the Blue Jays to make further cuts this weekend.

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