Blue Jays place Ken Giles on paternity list

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TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 16: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after the final out during a MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre on August 16, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 16: Ken Giles #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after the final out during a MLB game against the Seattle Mariners at Rogers Centre on August 16, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /
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Young righty Jordan Romano will take Ken Giles’ place on the big-league roster as the team wraps up their west coast road trip in Los Angeles.

According to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays have placed closer Ken Giles on the paternity list. Davidi and several other reporters note that RHP Jordan Romano will be re-joining the major-league team to take Giles’ roster spot.

Furthermore, Davidi relays that Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo will use Derek Law, who has pitched to an ERA of 1.77 in 20.1 frames since July 1, as the interim closer. Law has saved three games this season for the Jays and is the only pitcher aside from Giles with more than two saves on the year.

Dan Shulman of ESPN and Sportsnet noted that Romano was, at the time of his callup, on his way to Los Angeles, and the hope that is that he will be able to contribute during Thursday night’s game.

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Romano, 26, will once again get a shot with the big club, even if it is a rather short stint. In four games this season with the Jays, the Markham, Ontario native has allowed three earned runs in 5.1 innings, striking out 11 and walking a single batter.

With the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons, Romano has tossed 37.2 innings of 5.73 ball, starting three games and posting a WHIP of 1.354 and adding 53 strikeouts.

Giles, 28, has been inconsistent since the All-Star break, but nonetheless still holds onto an excellent ERA of 1.80 in 40.0 frames this season. With 16 saves under his belt, the native of Albuquerque, New Mexico has racked up 65 strikeouts.

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While it remains to be seen just what role Romano will fill in his likely short stint with the Blue Jays, seeing him on the major-league roster once again is encouraging, to say the least, especially considering the recent trajectory of his young career. More to come.

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