After making liberal use of their bullpen during Thursday’s loss to the Kansas City Royals, the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday optioned lefty reliever Rob Rasmussen to Triple-A Buffalo and selected the contract of right-hander Bobby Korecky. The move was announced via an official team release on Twitter on Friday afternoon.
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Korecky last made an appearance at the Major League level with the 2012 Blue Jays, when he saw just 1 inning of work and allowed a two-run home run and a walk. In 22 career relief appearances between the Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Minnesota Twins, Korecky owns a career mark of 2-0 with a 7.30 ERA and a miniscule 3.3 K/9 ratio.
However, things have been much different for Korecky in 2014 as a member of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. In 22 appearances with the Blue Jays highest affialiate, Korecky has posted a sparkling 0.29 ERA by allowing just 1 run and 16 hits in 31 innings of work. A career high 9.3 K/9 ratio and a .150 batting average against has helped to earn the 34-year-old his latest shot in the majors.
As mentioned, he’ll replace Rob Rasmussen in the bullpen. The 25-year-old Rasmussen made 4 appearances with the good guys and did not allow a run in 2 innings of work. However, he threw 25 pitches last night in an outing that featured obvious control issues, and with the Blue Jays using 5 relievers last night and Rasmussen having options, he drew the short straw.
With only 39 players on the 40-man roster, the Blue Jays had an open slot to select Korecky’s contract and place him on the 40-man roster without having to make a corresponding roster move outside of Rasmussen’s option. Korecky will likely draw low-leverage duty if needed tonight.