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Blue Jays recall Aaron Loup, Ryan Goins to DL with pitching injury

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Jul 1, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins (17) throws a pitch during the eighteenth inning in a game against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre. The Cleveland Indians won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 1, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins (17) throws a pitch during the eighteenth inning in a game against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre. The Cleveland Indians won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Toronto Blue Jays have made another bullpen move prior to Friday’s game, but this one involves an injury.

After recalling Drew Hutchison and sending Bo Schultz back to triple-A Buffalo, Toronto has also recalled Aaron Loup after placing Ryan Goins on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tightness from pitching in yesterday’s game. 

Goins entered to pitch the 18th inning of yesterday’s 19-inning marathon, hitting 90 MPH on the radar gun and even uncorking a breaking ball at one point. All things considered, the middle-infielder looked uncannily natural on the mound.

The words “forearm tightness” are dreaded when it comes to pitchers, and for the sake of this conversation, that’s what Goins is/was. Thankfully, Mike Wilner reports this morning that he is expected to miss just the 15 days.

The 28-year-old has continued his strong defensive play this season, but at the dish it’s been a different story. Goins is hitting just .176, and recently the Blue Jays decided to use him as a “super utility” in an effort to maximize his value.

Andy Burns now becomes a possible injury replacement once Toronto’s bullpen allows for a fourth position player to be rostered.

In Aaron Loup, the Blue Jays add a second left-hander to their bullpen alongside Brett Cecil. Loup is still looking to find his footing after a down year in 2015, but has been pitching well recently at the triple-A level.

Over five appearances since his most recent optioning, Loup has struck out seven batters over 5.1 innings and allowed just two hits.

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