Following the Blue Jays 8-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox Friday evening, the 0rganization optioned relief pitcher Neil Wagner back down to AAA Buffalo Bisons, and called up starter Chad Jenkins, who is expected to pitch out of the pen.
The reasoning behind the move once again came down to the availability of options–and lack there of, as Rogers and Redmond are out of options, and Happ able to reject a send down, it came down to Neil Wagner and his available options, Gregor Chisholm reports.
Gibbons admits the obvious. Decision to send Wagner to Minors is because he has options left. Rogers/Redmond don’t. Happ can block demotion.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) April 26, 2014
Chad Jenkins was supposed to be called up early in April, when the Jays designated their former reliever, Jeremy Jeffress for assignment, but ultimately had to wait for the period to expire before he could be called up, due to the fact that he was already on the 40-man roster and had been optioned to AAA to begin the season. In the end, it was Marcus Walden, who received the call-up over Jenkins.
2 days later, Walden was sent down and Neil Wagner received the call up on April 9th. Wagner appeared in 9 games for the Blue Jays, pitching to a 3.12 ERA, 1.04 WHIP in 8.2 IP.
The 26 year old Chad Jenkins, is called up to the big club for the 3rd consecutive season. Jenkins started his season in AAA Buffalo with the Bisons, making 8 appearances and pitching to a 2.30 ERA, 0.77 WHIP in 15.2 innings. He has a career 3.58 ERA, 4.59 FIP, 1.224 WHIP in 65.1 innings (23 appearances and 6 starts) in the major leagues.
Yesterday, there was talk out of the Blue Jays management that a possible 6-man rotation is in the team’s near future, this call up may be a step towards that direction–with all 4 previously mentioned pitchers being former starters.