Thanks to inconsistent and underwhelming performances from their starters, the Blue Jays have employed an eight-man bullpen for pretty much all of the season.
But those days are over.
Following Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the Jays announced they had placed RHP Casey Janssen on the disabled list with a strained right forearm and will enter the interleague portion of their schedule with a seven-man bullpen and 13 position players.
The addition to their list of position players will be backup infielder John McDonald, who will be activated from the disabled list on Friday prior to the Jays three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. McDonald has been out with a strained hamstring.
Following Cincinnati, the Jays will play three games in Atlanta and three more in St. Louis. The 10-game road trip concludes with one game in Detroit, a makeup game for the May 17 rain out.
While playing in National League cities, the Jays will be in no need of a DH but will require a deeper bench for pinch hitting duties.
“We feel like we need the extra position player, we need to have a little bit of speed on the bench, we need to have some versatility when we get into pinch-hit situations,” manager John Farrell said.
Janssen, who is 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 28 appearances, said he first felt something amiss in his forearm when the White Sox were in town (May 26-29) and has attempted to pitch through it ever since. However, the injury reached the point where it required a stint on the DL to heal properly.
THE DEAD ZONE
Rajai Davis has become an automatic out hitting in the eighth spot in the lineup. In his past 11 games, the Jays centre fielder has gone 3-for-40 (.075). Davis struck out in his only two at-bats Thursday before being lifted for pinch-hitter Juan Rivera in the seventh. Over his past five games, Davis has struck out nine times.
THREE’S A CHARM
Adam Lind hit a solo homer off the foul pole in the ninth inning, his 14th home run of the season. Lind has now homered in three consecutive games for the first time this season and first time since August of 2008.