Blue Jays manager sheds some light on today’s starter

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 30: Manager Charlie Montoyo #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to his dugout after making his first pitching change after relieveing Aaron Sanchez #41 in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on March 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MARCH 30: Manager Charlie Montoyo #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays walks back to his dugout after making his first pitching change after relieveing Aaron Sanchez #41 in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre on March 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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The Toronto Blue Jays skipper shed some light on who would be getting the call to take the ball in the second game of the series versus the Red Sox on Wednesday evening.

Charlie Montoyo had to call upon today’s probable starter last night when he summoned Sean Reid-Foley to bail out Trent Thornton after the starter gave up seven runs in 2.2 innings of work. Following the contest, Montoyo advised that he expected rookie Jacob Waguespack to get the nod on the bump opposite Chris Sale.

Waguespack has made one appearance for the Blue Jays already this season surrendering two earned runs in four innings of work. The 24-year old was placed on the injured list shortly after making his MLB debut with shoulder discomfort.

Waguespack as made three appearances for the Buffalo Bisons since being activated pitching 9.2 innings while being victimized for only three runs while fanning eight batters. On the season with the herd, Waguespack is 2-6 with a 5.30 earned run average in 12 appearances, 11 of which were starts.

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There was some discussion that Jordan Romano would be the pitcher getting the call as he is eligible to be called back up. However, Waguespack last pitched on June 28th so the timing for today’s start fits into his throwing schedule better than Romano who tossed six innings on Sunday.

In all likelihood, Reid-Foley will be shown the door to make room for the addition of Waguespack on the MLB roster. Reid-Foley will not pitch again until after the All-Star break so the makes him expendable for the time being. The young hurler pitched great versus the Red Sox yesterday fanning four in 3.1 clean innings.

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If Waguespack does, in fact, make the start, he will become the 13th different starter that Montoyo has called upon so far this season. This is a great opportunity for the Jays brain trust to see what they have in Waguespack and where he fits into the puzzle moving forward.

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