Who do the Blue Jays promote if Yimi Garcia needs a brief IL stint?

Wild Card Series - Toronto Blue Jays v Minnesota Twins - Game Two
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So far this season, Yimi Garcia has been nothing short of extraordinary for the Blue Jays. He has a remarkable 0.68 ERA in 13.1 IP and has struck out 16 batters. Additionally, he recorded two saves when Jordan Romano was out of commission due to an injury. However, you may have recently noticed Garcia's absence. Since April 28th, when he pitched two thirds of an inning against the Dodgers and walked two hitters, Garcia has actually not played for the Blue Jays.

Later on, we found out that Yimi Garcia was having some back trouble, but there was no estimated date for when he would be able to play again. Garcia hasn't been seen since. The Blue Jays have been forced to play with a short-handed bullpen for the past ten days, even though he still appears to be day-to-day. Garcia could be placed on the injured list in order to provide the Blue Jays some depth, who are in dire need of relief in the bullpen. But who might be a contender to take this position on the Blue Jays roster, if that were the case?

Brendon Little

Little, a 27-year-old LHP, is the first choice. He was acquired through waivers by the Blue Jays early in the off season. Having played in three games for the Jays this season, he is already acquainted with the major league team. Despite having a 10.80 ERA in his three games, he has shown some promise. He has combined for 2.0 IP, given up 1 ER, and struck out three batters in his last two outings. Little has also pitched 9.1 innings at Triple-A Buffalo with a 2.89 ERA and 16 strikeouts.

Hagen Danner

This season, Hagen Danner has been absolutely outstanding for the Buffalo Bisons in Triple-A. The Blue Jays' second round selection from 2017 has a 3.29 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 11.2 IP. Danner has also recorded two saves in two opportunities this season. In August 2023, he also made a very brief appearance for the big league club. He entered the game in the 9th inning of the game against the Cubs but was unable to complete his inning after suffering an injury 7 pitches into his outing.

Joel Kuhnel

Kuhnel is a 29-year-old right-handed pitcher. The Blue Jays acquired him from the Astros on May 4, for cash considerations. Kuhnel has been a minor leaguer for most of his career. In 217 MiLB appearances, he has accumulated 229 strikeouts in 266.1 innings pitched and posted a 3.65 ERA. He's also recorded 51 saves in 70 opportunities.

In the big leagues though, he has only appeared in 77 games, 53 of them coming in 2022 when he played for the Reds. In those 77 games, he has accumulated 72 strikeouts and allowed 60 earned runs which amounts to a 6.30 career ERA.

Would you be in favor of adding a new arm to the front end of the bullpen and taking away some low leverage innings for the top players, given how badly the Blue Jays bullpen has been suffering lately?