Blue Jays recall Kyle Drabek from Triple-A despite 7.44 ERA

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Kyle Drabek’s rookie season got off to a great start, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball on April 2, but the 23-year-old right-hander posted a 6.17 ERA in his next 13 outings and was demoted to Triple-A in mid-June.

Drabek was even worse at Triple-A, throwing 75 innings with a ghastly 7.44 ERA and nearly as many walks (41) as strikeouts (45), but today the Blue Jays decided to call him back up.

Drabek remains a promising player and the former first-round pick acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade is still a big part of the Blue Jays’ plans, but whether he’s been pitching hurt or is simply a mess mechanically it doesn’t make much sense to give him anything but mop-up action down the stretch.

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.