The Toronto Blue Jays needed to make a roster move on Friday in order to make room for newly acquired pitcher Brad Mills, and the move they made could not have been more transparent.
According to Mike Wilner, the Blue Jays have optioned reliever Chad Jenkins back to the team’s Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.
For those of you using Jenkins promotions and demotions as a drinking game, this is now the 4th time he’s been optioned back to Buffalo, if you don’t count his option at the end of Spring Training. Jenkins has also been recalled five time, if you count the failed recall on April 5th that cost the team pitcher Marcus Walden.
All and all, Jenkins has appeared in 15 games for the Blue Jays, mostly in mop-up duty, and outside of three rough appeances, has actually been pretty decent in that role. Overall he has produced a 3.72 ERA, a 4.7 K/9 ratio, and a 1.29 GO/AO ratio over 19.1 innings of work.
Unfortunately for Jenkins, he is the only pitcher in the bullpen with options available, and with Mills being out of options himself, the Blue Jays were forced to add him immediately to the active roster. It is still hard to understand the logic in bringing Mills aboard, especially considering the limitations on options he presented, but Alex Anthopoulos must have his reasons.
For now, Chad Jenkins returns to his second home and waits until the next shoe drops and he’s back on the next bus to Toronto.