Prior to Saturday's game against the Oakland Athletics, the Toronto Blue Jays have announced a pair of roster moves, both concerning their bullpen. Here are what the moving parts entail for the club:
- RHP Adam Cimber has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement.
- RHP Bowden Francis has been recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and will be active today.
This move feels a bit like a "phantom injured list" (meaning he may not actually be injured and could just need some time to reset) stint for Cimber, who has been struggling mightily to start his 2023 season.
The submariner has made 22 appearances for the Blue Jays so far and has had a heck of a time retiring batters with any consistency. After leading the majors with 77 appearances last season, he has posted a 7.40 ERA, 7.48 FIP and 56 ERA+. Never much of a strikeout pitcher, his 5.2 SO/9 is the lowest of his career while his 10.9 H/9 would be his highest in a full season.
For Francis, this is just the latest chapter of his season in which he has bounced back and forth between the majors and Triple-A what feels like a hundred times. The 6-foot-5 right-hander has been called upon in three games for the Jays so far and has been a reliable presence whose ability to go mulitple innings has been an immense help to a Blue Jays bullpen that has been very much overused.
In 7.1 innings in the big leagues this season, the 27-year-old has a 3.68 ERA with seven strikeouts, two walks and two home runs allowed. His minor league numbers have been strong as well, as he has made five appearances and posted a 2.89 ERA with 26 strikeouts and just four walks in 18.2 innings of work.