Tell me if you’ve heard this one before; the Toronto Blue Jays have recalled Chad Jenkins from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
Yeah…I’m getting all sorts of deja vu as well.
As reported first by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, the Blue Jays have indeed recalled Jenkins from Buffalo to take the place of Liam Hendriks, who was optioned back to the Bisons after Sunday’s game. This will mark the fourth time Jenkins has made the trip from Buffalo to Toronto, having previously been recalled on April 26th, May 3rd, and May 12th.
In his three previous stints with the Blue Jays, Chad Jenkins has made just three appearances, all in relief. Jenkins has thrown just three innings in those outings, surrendering 5 hits and 3 earned runs on 2 home runs, while striking out 2 and walking none. In 26 career appearances for the Blue Jays, the 2009 1st round pick holds a 2-3 record with a 3.82 ERA and a 4.3 K/9 ratio in 26 appearances and 6 starts.
In between his numerous trips back and forth between Toronto and Buffalo, Jenkins has somehow managed to appear in 13 games for the Bisons, including 4 starts. In those 33.2 innings, Jenkins holds a 1-3 record, with a 4.01 ERA, and a 5.6 K/9 ratio.
He’ll slide back into the bullpen upon his return to the Blue Jays, a role that was likely going to go to Neil Wagner before he was hurt over the weekend. How long he’ll stay with the Blue Jays this time around will remain to be seen. The Blue Jays could opt to make a number of different moves in the coming days, after both Rob Rasmussen and Bobby Korecky serve the requisite 10 days in Buffalo after their option. John Stilson and Mike Zagurski could also be bullpen alternatives.