Jun 26, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Chad Jenkins delivers a pitch against Chicago White Sox in the Jays 7-0 win at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Jenkins to rejoin Blue Jays bullpen, Sergio Santos designated for assignment

Following Tuesday night’s extra inning loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to recall right-hander Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

The move comes as no surprise with the Blue Jays having played extra innings in each of their last 4 games (1-3 record). In the process, the bullpen has thrown 16-2/3 innings over those four games.

Jenkins, who was sent back to Triple-A for the 6th time this season on August 16th, will give the Blue Jays a fresh arm that can throw multiple innings and provide a bit of stability during the middle innings. In 31.2 innings of relief work for the Blue Jays in 2014, the 26-year-old Jenkins has posted a 1-1 record with a 2.56 ERA and a 5.1 K/9 ratio, including a scoreless 6-inning turn in the the Blue Jays 19-inning win over the Chicago White Sox earlier this month.

No news on who will be optioned to Buffalo to make room for Jenkins, or if someone will be designated for assignment. Sergio Santos, who was just recalled two days ago, would appear to be a prime candidate. Designated for assignment earlier this season, Santos rebounded in Buffalo, but has been atrocious in two appearances since rejoining the Jays, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits (2 HR) and a walk in 1.1 innings of work.

UPDATE:

As expected, the Toronto Blue Jays have indeed recalled Chad Jenkins and designated Sergio Santos for assignment. Given his displeasure with remaining in Buffalo for so long, it’ll be interesting to see if Santos accepts his assignment.

The Blue Jays are expected to announce the move, and corresponding roster move, prior to Wednesday’s series finale with the Red Sox.

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