Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
So I guess that I was Wang…
After thinking much of this week it would be Sean Nolin who would get the spot start for the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, we learned last night that it would in fact be Chien-Ming Wang who will take the hill tonight to face the Houston Astros.
Wang, 33, was released by the New York Yankees on June 7. The Blue Jays jumped on the chance to add the veteran pitcher to their decimated rotation and he rewarded the Jays with one okay and two good starts before promptly imploding. He accepted assignment to the Buffalo Bisons and has been a key contributor to the Bisons recent playoff push. He was scratched from his start for Buffalo on Thursday in favour of Ricky Romero, which was the first sign that Wang would soon be on his way back to Toronto.
The Blue Jays also tweeted yesterday they have placed left-handed reliever Aaron Loup on the paternity list and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm’s reported that RHP Brad Lincoln was optioned yet again back to Buffalo. And according to Mike Wilner from Sportsnet 590 The Fan, RHP Chad Jenkins has also been called up from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to the Blue Jays to add another arm to the bullpen.
Wang was a bit of a surprise candidate since he wasn’t on the 40-man roster but it’s expected that the Blue Jays will move OF Melky Cabrera to the 60-day DL in a corresponding move to finalize tonight’s roster.