TORONTO (WLFI) — With less than three weeks remaining in the Major League Baseball regular season, several teams are making their final playoff push.
The Toronto Blue Jays are out of postseason contention.
Toronto is focused on the future and it won't involve Clayton Richard.
The Lafayette native and McCutcheon graduate was released by the Blue Jays Thursday.
Richard's time with Toronto was marred by injuries to his right knee and left lat. Richard hasn't pitched in a Major League game since July 13.
The 10-year veteran was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres last December.
Richard posted a 1-5 record and 5.96 earned-run average over 10 starts this season. Those numbers weren't enough for Toronto to keep him around. The Blue Jays are looking to set their 40-man roster for the offseason’s Rule 5 draft.
Richard's releasing comes on his 36th birthday.