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April 23, 2013

Laffey rejoins Jays


BALTIMORE — Aaron Laffey wasn’t out of a job for long.

Laffey, designated for assignment by the New York Mets on Sunday, was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays, the team he pitched for a year ago, and added to their 40-man roster on Tuesday. The Blue Jays played at Baltimore Tuesday night.

The former Allegany High star was 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 22 appearances, including 16 starts, with the Blue Jays in 2012. The left-hander pitched 100 2-3 innings, allowed 100 hits, walked 37 and struck out 48. Toronto dropped him from its 40-man roster during the offseason, and Laffey signed a free-agent contract with the Mets.

Laffey pitched in just four games and 10 innings with the Mets, allowing 16 hits and eight earned runs.

Laffey, 28, was drafted by the Cleveland Indians after winning the Skip Cook Memorial Player of the Year Award at Allegany in 2003. He made his major league debut in 2007 with the Indians, and has also pitched for Seattle, the New York Yankees and Mets. He pitched 4 1-3 shutout innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three, against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in the ALCS during his rookie season.

Laffey has a 25-29 career record with a 4.44 ERA in seven seasons in the major leagues.

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