August 24, 2012
Laffey heads back to 'pen
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
With the arrival of Brandon Morrow back into the rotation Saturday, Aaron Laffey will move to the bullpen, at least temporarily. Chad Beck was optioned to Las Vegas to get Jose Bautista back on the roster Friday.
“We’ll continue to reevaluate things for the next time through the rotation,” manager John Farrell said. “At the same time we’re probably leaning towards a six-man rotation, so his presence in the bullpen is for a defined period of time and we look to go to that six-man rotation in September.
On The Move
More roster moves are expected Saturday when Morrow and Yunel Escobar are once again added. Most likely candidates for demotion are utility man Mike McCoy and one of Anthony Gose or Moises Sierra.
“We’ve got three positions to rotate four guys through: first base, right field and DH,” Farrell said.
Obviously Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are in that mix. So, too, is David Cooper, whose, back spasms have eased enough that he will likely play on Saturday.”
That leaves either Gose or Sierra as the odd man out.
“We’ve got two moves we’ve got to make,” Farrell said.
He’s In The Loup Now
Even as the bottom has fallen out of Toronto’s season, the Jays have discovered a diamond in the rough in reliever Aaron Loup, a 24-year-old lefty who wasn’t even on the radar last spring.
Loup was called up from double A on July 14 and has now appeared in 17 games, sporting a 2.21 ERA. In his last seven appearances, he has allowed a total of three hits and zero runs.
“He’s been unfazed, whether it’s been with the game on the line, final inning of a game, meat of the order,” Farrell said. “We’ve talked about his mound presence, his calmness, all those things are evident. And he hasn’t had that huge swing of, ‘Well, you know it’s first-year nerves...’ He’s been, in a very short period, very reliable.”
“He was never really in the main discussion for planning this past offseason, but he’s thrust himself right in the middle of it.”
The Blue Jays have sold 29-year-old lefthanded pitcher Jesse Chavez to the Oakland Athletics. Chavez spent most of the season in Las Vegas but did make nine appearances with the Jays, with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 8.44.