The beginning of the Chien-Ming Wang era in Toronto was going really well. Unfortunately, the end of it was not so great.
The Blue Jays announced (via Twitter) that they have designated Wang for assignment after his second-consecutive rough outing, allowing 6 earned run over an innings and a third on Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers. Toronto staked Wang to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but the right-hander could not get out of the second inning, and the Blue Jays would lose the contest 7-6.
This followed a start against the Boston Red Sox where the 33-year-old last just 1.2 innings and gave up 7 earned runs on 6 hits. His record with Toronto now sits at 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA.
In his place, the Blue Jays are expected to recall right-hander Todd Redmond on Wednesday, according to Gregor Chisholm at MLB.com.
RHP Todd Redmond will be getting called up. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) July 3, 2013
For now, the plan is for Redmond to start on Sunday, when the Blue Jays host the Minnesota Twins in their last game prior to the All-Star break.
The 28-year-old Redmond has made two appearances for Toronto in 2013, both in relief, and holds an 0-1 record and a 5.79 ERA over 4.2 innings pitched. His results at Triple-A Buffalo are mixed, as Redmond has made 6 appearances (5 starts), resulting in a 3-1 record and a 9.8 K/9 ratio, but also a 5.06 ERA and a 9.8 H/9 ratio.
The Blue Jays selected Redmond off of waivers on March 22nd from the Baltimore Orioles. If all goes as currently planned, Redmond will become the 13th different pitcher to start for Toronto in 2013, the most the team has used since 2002 when they also started 13.