Drew Hutchison, the Blue Jays’ 2015 Opening Day starter, was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday afternoon. But it was just a strategical move with Toronto facing a light schedule of eight games in 10 days and the 22-year-old right-hander is due to return to the starting rotation August 29 against the Tigers, according to John Lott of Canada’s National Post.
Hutchison pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Blue Jays’ big 3-1 win at Yankee Stadium, moving to 12-2 on the season. But it’s mostly been a frustrating year for the major league sophomore, who holds a 5.06 ERA in 131 2/3 total frames. He’s been given MLB-best run support.
Hutchison has failed to complete six innings in 15 of his 24 starts and has allowed four or more runs in 12 of his 24 starts, but the Toronto offense has backed him with nearly seven runs per outing.
Marlins starter David Phelps was placed on the disabled list Sunday after leaving his start against the Cardinals with discomfort in his right elbow.
An official diagnosis is now in, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, and it’s a season-ending stress fracture of Phelps’ right radius bone. That bone extends from the elbow to the base of the thumb.
Phelps, acquired from the New York Yankees last December as part of the Nathan Eovaldi trade, posted a 4.50 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 77/33 K/BB ratio across 112 innings this season for Miami.
The 28-year-old right-hander will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. He lost an arbitration hearing against the Marlins last offseason that stuck him with a $1.4 million salary for 2015 (rather than the $1.85 million figure he submitted).
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Cowart, the 18th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, has batted .323/.395/.491 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 62 games this season at the Triple-A level. The 23-year-old will make his major league debut at third base Tuesday night against the White Sox and could see semi-regular starts at the hot corner for Anaheim until David Freese returns in a couple weeks from his fractured right index finger.
Gillaspie, 28, hit just .203/.250/.344 in 68 plate appearances with Anaheim. He opened the 2015 regular season as the White Sox starting third baseman but is now without a 40-man roster spot.