A day after emergency starter Sean Nolin made his Major League debut, but only lasted 1.1 innings, the Toronto Blue Jays have recalled the 28-year-old right-hander from Triple-A Buffalo to help a tired bullpen. The team announced the move in a press release on Saturday morning.
Weber has made just one appearance for the for the Bisons since the Blue Jays claimed him off waivers from the San Diego Padres on May 19th. In that lone appearance, Weber tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball, surrendering 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out a pair.
Originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 16th round of the 2008 draft, Weber was selected off of waivers by the Padres in August 2012. Over the course of his Minor League career, Weber owns a lifetime 40-47, with an ERA of 4.02 and a K/9 ratio of 6.5.
While Weber has made most of his appearances in the minors as a starter, his 5 appearances at the Major League level have all been as a reliever. He owns a career 0-1 record with a 4.15 ERA and 7 strike-outs in 13 Major League innings.
As mentioned above, his recall could be seen as a need to rest a tired bullpen. With Chad Jenkins scheduled to start on Sunday, having a fresh arm in the bullpen that could throw multiple innings in a crunch could be important on Sunday against an offensively hot Baltimore Orioles team. However, as with any waiver call-up this season, unless Weber is light’s out, we can expect to see him back on the waiver wire later this week.
As I said, Thad Weber, you are officially on the clock.