May 28, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (23) delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY SportsThe Toronto Blue Jays have announced that right-hander Brandon Morrow has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Simultaneously, Toronto has also optioned Friday’s start, Chad Jenkins to Triple-A Buffalo and recalled both Mickey Storey and Ramon Ortiz.
With Toronto’s pitching staff depleted after using eight pitchers in a 17-inning affair with the San Diego Padres on Friday night, the team needed to make a decision on Morrow, who left his start on Tuesday with the forearm strain.
The 28-year-old Morrow, who is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA in 2013, will join fellow rotation members Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ on the disabled list. However, Johnson is expected to be back with the club in a few days after completing a rehab assignment in Buffalo.
In the meantime, the Blue Jays have recalled right-handers Mickey Storey and Ramon Ortiz from Buffalo.
This will be Storey’s second tour of duty in Toronto this season. He has made two appearances with the Blue Jays and holds a 7.36 ERA after allowing 3 earned runs over 3.2 innings pitched. In 13 appearances in Buffalo, Storey has 3.80 ERA and a 11.8 K/9 ratio over 23.2 innings.
Ortiz will be making his third trip with the Blue Jays this season. The 40-year-old has made 6 appearances and three starts with Toronto, and has a 1-2 record and a 5.01 ERA to show for it. He has given the Blue Jays some decent innings despite a 3.1 K/9 ratio.
Jenkins becomes a victim of the numbers game for the second time this season. He pitched fairly well for Toronto in his three starts, holding a 1-0 record and a 3.60 ERA over 15 innings with the parent club in 2013. This time he’ll be heading to Buffalo, as the Blue Jays have depleted the Bisons’ staff of late after calling up Ortiz, Storey, Neil Wagner, Todd Redmond, and Juan Perez.