Drabek set for major league debut Wednesday vs. O's

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The run of high-impact promotions this season in Major League Baseball has been incredible.  And it’s not yet complete.

According to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, the Blue Jays called up right-handed prospect Kyle Drabek from Double-A New Hampshire on Sunday and plan to start him Wednesday against the Orioles.

We’ve seen great performances all around the league this year from mid-season call-ups.  Mike Stanton has turned the power down with the Marlins, Buster Posey provided a spark with the Giants, and Aroldis Chapman is hitting triple-digits with his fastball for the Reds.  Youngsters are making headlines all around the baseball universe in 2010.  Drabek shouldn’t disappoint, either.

Acquired from the Phillies for Roy Halladay back in December of 2009, the 22-year-old righty has thrown together a 2.94 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 27 starts at the Double-A level this season.  He threw a no-hitter on July 4 and has tallied 132 strikeouts in 162 innings. 

The Blue Jays will go with a six-man rotation down the stretch to ensure Drabek gets regular looks.

Blue Jays could move Jaime Garcia to bullpen

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Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays are considering moving starter Jaime Garcia to the bullpen. If they go that route, Sam Gaviglio would start in Garcia’s place on Sunday against the Angels.

Garcia, 31, has struggled to a 6.16 ERA with a 56/31 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings over 13 starts this season. Gaviglio, meanwhile, has a 3.75 ERA with 35 striekouts and 11 walks in 36 innings across six starts and two relief appearances for the Jays this year.

Garcia inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Jays in February. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout.