Steve Delabar RP TOR 3 Days

Delabar was optioned to minor league camp on Thursday, John Lott of the National Post reports.

Delabar had been competing for one of the final spots in the Jays' bullpen, but will instead begin the season in Triple-A. He posted a 4.91 ERA over 25.2 innings at the Major League level in 2014, but fell victim to much tighter competition this time around. Look for the right-hander to be one of the first names called if/when a need for bullpen depth arises.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 1 Month

Delabar will have an opportunity to return to the Blue Jays' bullpen this spring.

He's a darkhorse candidate to closer if he can get back to his pre-2014 levels, but the Jays have a few alternatives currently ahead of him on the organizational depth chart for saves. After getting hit in the shin by a come backer last season, Delabar struggled for the Jays before getting demoted to Triple-A Buffalo. Most likely, he'll pitch in middle relief if he can return to form.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 9 Months

Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

It's the second time he's been sent down this week, as he came back up Thursday to replace Brett Cecil (groin) on the roster. Delabar holds a 4.91 ERA over 30 relief appearances this season, but the 2013 All-Star will be back again at some point.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 9 Months

Blue Jays recalled RHP Steve Delabar from Triple-A Buffalo.

Delabar spent just two days in the minor leagues. He's back up now to replace Brett Cecil, who landed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left groin strain. Delabar -- an American League All-Star in 2013 -- owns an ugly 4.86 ERA in 25 innings this year.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 9 Months

Steve Delabar is expected to be recalled Thursday.

Delabar was sent to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, but a spot opened up in the Blue Jays' bullpen on Wednesday night when Brett Cecil (groin) was placed on the disabled list. Delabar had a disappointing 4.68 ERA and 21/16 K/BB ratio over his first 25 innings this year.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 9 Months

Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

There was some speculation that Delabar was possibly headed to the disabled list to make room for Munenori Kawasaki, but he has actually been demoted. It's quite a fall from grace for Delabar, who made the American League All-Star team. Still, he hasn't been nearly as effective this season, posting a mediocre 4.68 ERA and 21/16 K/BB ratio over 25 innings.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 12 Months

Steve Delabar (leg) pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday against the Orioles.

Delabar was hit in the right leg by a comebacker on Wednesday but X-rays were taken and came back negative.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 12 Months

An X-ray came back negative on Steve Delabar's right leg.

Delabar left Wednesday's game after he was hit by a comebacker, but he managed to avoid serious injury. He's not available Thursday, but should be back in there soon.

Steve Delabar RP TOR 12 Months

Steve Delabar is dealing with a sore muscle in his right leg, the result of taking a comebacker off the leg in Wednesday's game.

Delabar left the game as a precaution, and the muscle was tender after the game. Both Delabar and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons expressed optimism that the injury wouldn't keep the reliever on the sidelines too long, with hope that he'd be ready as soon as this weekend. He's day-to-day for now.

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Steve Delabar (shoulder) said he's gone through "normal workouts" this offseason.

Delabar dealt with a strained shoulder down the stretch last season, but it sounds like it's a non-issue at this point. "It feels good," Delabar said. "I've been going through normal workouts preparing for the season." Delabar posted a 3.22 ERA with a whopping 82 strikeouts over 58 2/3 innings this past season. He'll help set up for Casey Janssen again in 2014.