The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly recalling left-handed pitcher Chad Girodo from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons following the suspension of Chris Colabello, who has tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Expect the Blue Jays to continue their roster moves through the weekend as this gives them eight men in the bullpen. Especially with the news that the Blue Jays plan to recall starter Drew Hutchison in time for a spot start on Sunday.
There is a possibility, however, that Jesse Chavez will need a quick stint on the disabled list with lower-back tightness that has kept him out of the past few games.
Girodo, now 25 years old, was originally a 9th round draft choice of the Blue Jays back in 2013. He’s made four appearances for the Buffalo Bisons so far this season, going 2-0 over 6.1 innings pitched with a 1.35 ERA.
He is especially tough against left-handed hitters, and could potentially occupy a role similar to Aaron Loup‘s when he was most effective. That is, of course, if this promotion to the big league club is done with longer-term intentions. Toronto now has two pure lefties in Girodo and Cecil, along with a half-lefty in the ambidextrous Pat Venditte.
Across Hi-A, double-A, and triple-A in 2015, Girodo pitched very well with an ERA of 1.34, striking out 58 batters in 60.1 innings while keeping balls on the ground and allowing just one home run.