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The Blue Jays have some looming bullpen decisions come September

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Julian Merryweather #67 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Julian Merryweather #67 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium on April 14, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 13: Zach Pop #56 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches in the fifth inning of their MLB game against the Cleveland Guardians at Rogers Centre on August 13, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

Zach Pop

The easiest solution would be to bring back Pop, as the right-hander owns a 2.70 ERA through seven outings and 6.2 innings with just two earned runs allowed. He hasn’t missed a lot of bats with just one strikeout and the 12.2 H/9 but he has kept runs off the board so far. Pop likely would have been on the roster had another pitcher had options at their disposal but for now he sits in AAA.

He can touch the high-90s with his sinker and the Brampton, Ontario product is a solid story for Canada’s only MLB team, slotting in alongside fellow reliever Jordan Romano and Montreal-born Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as Canadians on the squad. Had it not been for his MiLB options, Pop would have likely stayed at the MLB level but the club does need Mayza and his left-handedness back in the bullpen, meaning the right-hander was the odd man out amongst the group.

He would be eligible to return after 15 days unless he is an injury replacement, meaning the earliest we could see him back with the club is September 7th (barring the injury replacement).

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