Blue Jays pick up P Kingham from Pirates

Field Level Media

June 14, 2019 at 12:11 am.

The Toronto Blue Jays acquired pitcher Nick Kingham from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash on Thursday.

The Pirates had designated Kingham for assignment on Saturday.

Kingham, 27, was 1-1 with a 9.87 ERA in 14 appearances (four starts) for the Pirates this season. He allowed 54 hits in 34 2/3 innings, striking out 32 and walking 17.

The right-hander made his major league debut with Pittsburgh last season, when he went 5-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 18 appearances (15 starts).

The Blue Jays transferred right-handed pitcher Ryan Tepera (elbow) to the 60-day injured list to make room for Kingham on the 40-man roster.

Toronto also placed 19-year-old relief pitcher Elvis Luciano on the 10-day injured list Thursday because of a right elbow sprain. The team called up reliever Justin Shafer from Triple-A Buffalo.