Left-hander Phil Coke, who signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays last week after being released by the Cubs, has been called up from Triple-A to join Toronto’s bullpen.
Coke tossed four shutout innings in three appearances at Triple-A to convince the Blue Jays to call him up, but he had a 6.30 ERA in 16 appearances for the Cubs before getting released and at age 32 has a lengthy history of struggling whenever he’s used as more than a situational left-hander.
For his career Coke has held left-handed hitters to a .245 batting average and .650 OPS, compared to a .305 batting average and .825 OPS versus righties.
Erik Bedard has been pitching at Single-A for the Dodgers in the hopes of making it back to the majors at age 36, but the oft-injured left-hander announced his retirement rather than continue his comeback from a strained lat muscle.
Bedard pitched 11 seasons in the majors, starting out with the Orioles, going to the Mariners in the Adam Jones trade, and then spending time with the Rays, Pirates, Red Sox, and Astros in recent years.
He always racked up strikeouts, always struggled to consistently throw strikes, and always had trouble staying off the disabled list. Bedard finishes with a 3.99 ERA in 1,304 innings, striking out 1,246 and walking 533 while holding opponents to a .249 batting average.
His best season came in 2007 for the Orioles, when Bedard went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 182 innings at age 28. He topped 150 innings in a season just once more after that, in 2013 for the Astros.
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez exited Tuesday’s start in the fifth inning with a groin injury and now he’s been placed on the disabled list.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter indicated that the team is hoping Gonzalez will be able to return when his 15-day minimum stay on the DL is up, but he does have a previous history of groin problems.
Mike Wright will step into the rotation for Gonzalez, who has somewhat quietly and under-the-radar posted ERAs of 3.25, 3.78, 3.23, and 3.33 in his four seasons with the Orioles.