Blue Jays recall Scott Copeland, corresponding move coming


Todd Redmond made an unexpected spot start on Monday against the Los Angeles Angels, a move that was designed to give the other members of the Toronto Blue Jays rotation an extra day of rest. Unfortunately it had the opposite effect on the Blue Jays bullpen, as five relievers were forced to mop-up the final five frames of the game to secure a 10-6 win.

The good news is the Blue Jays have already made a move to help add a fresh arm to the pen for Tuesday’s game, recalling right-hander Scott Copeland from Buffalo per a club announcement on Twitter.

The 27-year-old Texas native made his Major League debut on May 2nd against the Cleveland Indians and made two scoreless appearances for the Blue Jays before being optioned back to Triple-A along with Miguel Castro in favor of Steve Delabar and Chad Jenkins. In Buffalo, Copeland has made six starts for the Bisons, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.43 and a 4.3 K/9 ratio over 37 innings of work.

Of course, the Blue Jays will need to make a corresponding move to clear space on the active roster for Copeland. Redmond, who worked four innings on Monday and allowed four earned runs on four hits and a walk will likely be the recipient of that move. That would mean the Blue Jays would need to designate Redmond for assignment for the second time this season, and he would need to clear waivers before being outrighted back to Buffalo.

After posting a solid 3.74 ERA and 3.98 FIP in 152 innings over his first two seasons in Toronto, Todd Redmond has hit a wall in 2015. In 8.1 innings this season, Redmond has surrendered 11 runs on nine hits and six walks. He looked to be through those struggles over the first three innings of work on Monday, but ran into a buzzsaw in the fourth inning, when the second time through the top of the Angels line-up resulted in three Angels runs on a home run, a pair of doubles, and a single.

The Blue Jays will likely announce the move later this afternoon.

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