by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/21/2013) Blue Jays starter Ramon Ortiz, who has joined the rotation due to injuries to fellow starters Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ, did not fare very well Tuesday at home against the Rays.
With Alex Cobb once again pitching well, Ortiz suffered the defeat as he was out of the game just one out into the third inning. He allowed four earned runs on six hits and a walk over 54 pitches to fall to 1-2 for Toronto. Ortiz surrendered two solo homers in the game and struck out one.
The 39-year-old had given up just two earned runs in his first two starts spanning 12 innings for a 1-1 record. Unfortunately, he also walked five batters in one of those outings and his WHIP is high at 1.64.
It is uncertain at this time whether or not Ortiz will get another start for manager John Gibbons. If he does, it should come Sunday against Baltimore.
Blue Jays go with Chad Jenkins, Ramon Ortiz
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) The Blue Jays officially have announced Chad Jenkins will start Monday against Tampa Bay. Veteran Ramon Ortiz will follow him to the hill Tuesday against the Rays, MLB.com reports.
The decision previously was put on hold due to the possibility that one or both of those pitchers could have been needed in the bullpen.
"We're good, we're fresh down there," manager John Gibbons said of his bullpen. "[Jenkins] was in case something happened to Buehrle really early or something."
Ramon Ortiz impresses in first victory
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Blue Jays starter Ramon Ortiz enjoyed plenty of run support during his start Wednesday night at home against the San Francisco Giants. Toronto scored 10 times over the first three innings and Ortiz left the game with an 11-1 lead.
He was able to cruise to victory for his first win of the year as he improved to 1-1 over three starts. Ortiz allowed just one earned run, coming on a Pablo Sandoval sacrifice fly in the first inning. Otherwise, the Giants could not score off him over 100 pitches. He gave up six hits and walked one with one strikeout.
Ortiz, 39, was a bit shaky in his first start of the season on April 17 against the White Sox. However, he started May 10 at Boston and allowed just one run over five innings in a loss. He's given up just two runs over his last 12 innings and has impressed manager John Gibbons.
The Toronto rotation has been hindered by injuries with J.A. Happ and Josh Johnson both on the shelf. Ricky Romero has been unable to find the strike zone consistently. Because of that, Gibbons must keep turning to Ortiz, MLB.com reports. His next start should come Monday or Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
"One thing about Ortiz is he competes; he's been around. He knows what this level of baseball is all about," Gibbons said. "He relies on hitting his spots and getting a lot of ground balls like he did the other day. If he does that, he should be effective."
Ramon Ortiz draws another start
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013) With Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow (back) scratched from his scheduled start, the team will use veteran Ramon Ortizagain in his place Wednesday against San Francisco, Sportsnet reports. Ortiz suffered the loss in his first outing with Toronto last Friday -- his first start since July 5, 2011 -- when he walked five batters over five innings at Boston.
Ramon Ortiz pegged with loss in debut
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Blue Jays pitcher Ramon Ortiz, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo Thursday, made his season debut Friday night against the Red Sox.
Ortiz, who had not faced the Red Sox since 2004, turned in a decent performance as he allowed a run to score on a fielder's choice in the second for his only damage of the night. He was charged with one run and four hits over five innings of work in a 5-0 defeat. He walked five and struck out one in 96 pitches, 51 strikes.
Ortiz is scheduled to make his second start Wednesday at home against San Francisco. He has not faced the Giants since 2010.
Ramon Ortiz on track to start Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said pitcher Ramon Ortiz, who was recalled Thursday from Triple-A Buffalo, will start Friday at Boston, if he's not needed Thursday against the Rays, according to Sportsnet. The Blue Jays need a starter Friday since Brandon Morrow is being bumped to Sunday as he's dealing with back and neck spams.
Blue Jays add Ramon Ortiz to pitching staff
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) The Blue Jays recalled pitcher Ramon Ortiz from Triple-A Buffalo Thursday. Ortiz was 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA and .203 opponents' batting average in four appearances (three starts) for Buffalo.
Ortiz allowed two runs in eight innings in his last start Sunday for Buffalo. He could be inserted into the rotation with J.A. Happ on the disabled list and Ricky Romero optioned to Buffalo Thursday. Ortiz made his only appearance for Toronto this season in relief.
Ramon Ortiz designated for assignment
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) The Blue Jays designated pitcher Ramon Ortiz for assignment Tuesday in order to make room for Aaron Laffey, who was claimed earlier in the day, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Ortiz had made one appearance for Toronto and that came on April 17 against the White Sox. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk over 3 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.
Ramon Ortiz glad to be back in majors
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Blue Jays relief pitcher Ramon Ortiz made his first appearance in the majors since Sept. 28, 2011. The Veteran right-hander pitched 3 1/3 innings Wednesday against the White Sox.
The right-hander allowed five hits and a walk, striking out two in his return to the mound.
"The best thing in baseball is when you work hard, a lot of positive things can happen," Ortiz said. "I'm 40 [years old] soon, you don't see too many guys my age."
Blue Jays add Ramon Ortiz to bullpen
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) The Blue Jays selected the contract of reliever Ramon Ortiz from Triple-A Buffalo and designated outfielder Casper Wells for assignment Monday.
The 40-year-old reliever posted a 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in five innings for Buffalo.
Ortiz signs with Blue Jays
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (12/19/2012) The Blue Jays signed reliever Ramon Ortiz to a minor league deal Tuesday. Ortiz last pitched in the majors in 2011 when he made 22 appearances for the Cubs. He spent all of last season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 13-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 27 starts.