Jays roster now includes 13 pitchers

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

On Tuesday, the Blue Jays designated LHP David Purcey for assignment and recalled both RHP Casey Janssen and LHP Brad Mills from triple-A Las Vegas.

They also placed CF Rajai Davis on the disabled list retroactive to April 11.

Initially the Jays were going to bring INF Mike McCoy back but opted to go with an additional reliever.

The Jays’ backup outfielder will be Jayson Nix, who is an infielder by trade. If something happens to CF Corey Patterson during a game, Travis Snider will take over that position. The Jays have 13 pitchers on their 25-man active rosters — eight of them relievers — and a bench that has just Nix, Snider, John McDonald and Jose Molina.

Why the extra pitcher?

“John (Farrell) and I talked about it and it was just a matter of trying to protect out ‘pen,” GM Alex Anthopoulos said. “Going into that series in Boston (the Jays open a four-game set on Friday), you know it’s going to be a grind and three of our starters (Brett Cecil, Jo-Jo Reyes and Jesse Litsch) haven’t necessarily gone deep into games. It’s more to protect ourselves, protect our bullpen.”

BULLPEN BLUES

That the Jays bullpen would collapse in such unbelievable fashion, especially in the eighth inning in Monday’s loss, came totally out of the blue.

Up until that dreadful inning, when they allowed five runs on four walks and three hits, they had put up the best numbers in all of baseball.

The Jays entered the game with a minuscule 1.11 ERA, best in the major leagues. The bullpen also ranked second in the American League with 32 strikeouts and a .179 opponents’ batting average. Thanks to Monday’s collapse, they moved down to third in the AL with a 3.00 ERA.

By the way, the collapse marked the eighth time in club history that the Jays have blown a seven-run lead. The last time the Jays lost a game they were leading by seven or more runs was to Tampa Bay on July 25, 2009, when they lost 10-9 after leading by eight.

WHERE’S THE CLOSER?

Jays fans may be asking why Farrell didn’t turn to closer Jon Rauch in the ninth with a one-run lead. Why stick with Shawn Camp?

“If we go with Rauch and they tie it up, he’s the last pitcher (in the bullpen) and we had to hold somebody back,” Farrell explained.


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