The expectation that Brad Mills would hold a short shelf life during his latest recall to the Toronto Blue Jays was fairly well known. We just wish he could have enjoyed his day with the club a little more.
Immediately following Monday’s 11-1 loss to Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners, the Blue Jays designated Mills for assignment, clearing the necessary roster space for Adam Lind, who is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday’s contest. Barry Davis of Sportsnet confirmed the fate of Mills late Monday evening.
As expected, Brad Mills DFA’d. No corresponding move from #bluejays yet but likely will be Lind activated.
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) August 12, 2014
With the bullpen pitching 15+ combined innings during Sunday’s epic 19-inning win, the Blue Jays needed a fresh arm, which meant the return of Mills from Triple-A Buffalo. While it isn’t known if knowing he only had one appearance in the cards impacted his performance, Mills didn’t do himself any favors by throwing his second-consecutive clunker for the Jays. In just 2.2 innings of work, Mills allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and hit a batter, giving up 5 runs in the process.
This was the first appearance at the Major League level for Mills since July 21st, when he coincidentally followed Drew Hutchison in another blow-out loss, a 14-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. In that game, Mills allowed 8 runs on 7 hits and 3 home runs.
In total, the Blue Jays have gotten 4.1 innings of work from Brad Mills, since claiming the lefty off of waivers from the Oakland Athletics on July 17th. The results have not been pretty, as Mills has put up a 27.00 ERA while allowing 13 runs on 10 hits, 4 walks, and 5 strike-outs.
But hey, at least he ate some garbage innings on a night when the Blue Jays badly needed them.