Pokes in the Pros - Dave Maurer

Former Oklahoma State pitcher Dave Maurer is getting another shot at the major leagues. Maurer, 29, was called up on Monday (Aug. 23) by the Toronto Blue Jays from Triple-A Syracuse, where he had a 3.50 ERA in 41 games. Maurer will be the only lefty reliever for the pitching-hungry Blue Jays.

"It's a perfect situation for him," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said to Toronto media. "If he pitches well for us, he can put himself on the map. And for right now, we definitely need him."

Maurer pitched briefly in the majors previously from 2000-02. In 2000, Maurer was 1-0 in 14 games for San Diego. He appeared in three games for San Diego in '01 and two for Cleveland in'02.

Maurer pitched for OSU from 1995-97. A career highlight with the Cowboys came when he tossed 1 1-3 hitless innings to save a 6-5 win over Arkansas in the first round of the 1996 NCAA regional at Lubbock, Texas.

After going 3-3 in '97, Maurer was drafted in the 11th round by Pittsburgh. During his pro career, Maurer has also pitched in the San Francisco, San Diego, Cincinnati, Oakland and Cleveland organizations, used primarily as a reliever.

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