Jays call up Canadian Romano with Giles on injured list
|Toronto Star 12 Jun 2019 at 15:26|
Blue Jays closer Ken Giles landed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation, one of several moves announced before Wednesday night’s game against the Orioles.
Giles told reporters in Baltimore that he felt fine on the mound, but needed more time than usual to recover from back-to-back outings against the New York Yankees last Tuesday and Wednesday, and the club decided to play it safe. The move is retroactive to June 9.
The 28-year-old right-hander said he didn’t expect to miss more than the minimum 10 days, no doubt a relief to a Jays front office that’s expected to shop the closer ahead of next month’s trade deadline. Giles has a team-best 1.08 ERA in 25 innings and is one of Toronto’s best chances to land a big return on the market.
The Jays promoted Canadian right-hander Jordan Romano in a corresponding move, and moved starter Clay Buchholz (shoulder) from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list to make room for the 26-year-old from Markham on the 40-man roster. Buchholz is eligible to return July 8.
It is the first time in the big leagues for Romano, who has made 17 appearances for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons this season. Three of his first four appearances were starts. He’s been working out of the bullpen since then. In 31 total innings, Romano has a 6.10 ERA and four saves.
Toronto left Romano unprotected in the last Rule 5 draft and was claimed by the Chicago White Sox, then traded to the Texas Rangers. He didn’t make the Rangers’ opening day roster out of spring training, though, despite earning solid reviews and was offered back to the Jays.
Earlier, the Jays replaced scheduled starter Edwin Jackson with reliever-turned-opener Derek Law for Wednesday night’s game.
Jackson has struggled in five starts since he was acquired from the Oakland Athletics for cash on May 11. A bloated 11.90 ERA hasn’t inspired confidence in the 35-year-old Jackson, but the Jays’ cupboard is bare when it comes to stretched out starting pitchers with experience in the majors.
The Jays had the opportunity to skip a starter with Monday’s off-day, but had decided to stick with Jackson until the late switch.
“We don’t have anybody else,” said manager Charlie Montoyo.
Law, 28, was part of the Kevin Pillar trade with the San Francisco Giants. The right-hander, who has a 5.89 ERA in 14 relief outings, will make his first pro start — in the majors or minors.