Mark Buehrle could start on short rest to reach 200-inning milestone

The Canadian Press via AP

Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle went six innings in Sunday’s start against the Rays, a game ultimately won on Josh Donaldson‘s walk-off home run. The veteran lefty now has 191 1/3 innings under his belt, leaving him 8 2/3 innings shy of 200 innings.

While 200 innings is a nice round number that many starters take pride in reaching, it’s not one they and their managers make a concerted effort to reach. However, Buehrle has gone 200-plus innings in every season dating back to 2001. It’s the longest active streak by a mile, as his 14 seasons lead the eight held by nine pitchers in the same span of time.

Per Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, Jays manager John Gibbons said that if certain conditions are met, Buehrle could start on short rest towards the end of the season. Only if the Blue Jays have already clinched the AL East and Buehrle is still under 200 innings after Friday’s road start against the Rays will he make another short start.

Buerhle, 36, holds a 3.76 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, and an 88/31 K/BB ratio this season, his 15th full season in the majors.