Coming off a brutal loss to the Chicago White Sox, in which Marcus Stroman could not get out of the first inning, the Toronto Blue Jays made a surprising roster move on Saturday.
With the bullpen seeing a lot of action lately, a fresh arm was needed. And that fresh arm is named Kyle Drabek.
Once one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball, the right-hander was acquired by the Jays in the Roy Halladay trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.
In his major league career, Drabek’s record sits at 8-15, while pitching to a 5.37 earned run average. This season with Triple A Buffalo, he has an underwhelming ERA of 4.00. That being said, when you take a closer look at the statistics, you see that this move actually makes sense.
Coming off the second Tommy John surgery of his young career, Drabek has struggled as a starter with the Bisons, but in a relief role, he has thrived. Coming out of the bullpen, the former first-round pick has posted a 2.77 ERA in 16 appearances. In those games, not once has he allowed more than two earned runs.
We will see how the Texas native fairs this time around with the big club. Perhaps this addition can spark the struggling Jays, who are slowly but surely falling out of the playoff race.
Chad Jenkins was sent down as the corresponding move. This is the sixth time Jenkins has been optioned to Buffalo this season. Despite being constantly on the move, the 26-year old delivered a message over Twitter reflecting on how fortunate he is to have even made the majors at all.
Don’t feel bad for me. Feel sympathy for the people who haven’t been afforded the opportunities that I have in this life.
— Chad Jenkins (@Jenknutz) August 16, 2014
Jenkins has pitched 31 innings for the Jays this season, posting an ERA of 2.56. He should be back once the roster expands on September 1st.
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(Editor’s Note: You can find the full details on Drabek’s promotion and Jenkins’ demotion here from the Jays’ site.)