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Mariners move Yovani Gallardo to the bullpen again

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In June, the Mariners demoted struggling starter Yovani Gallardo to the bullpen. He seemed to right his ship, giving up only one run in 11 1/3 innings out of the ‘pen, so the Mariners moved him back to the rotation.

Across eight starts between July 23 and September 2, Gallardo has a 6.23 ERA with a 27/21 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. He completed five innings in only five of those starts and completed six innings just once.

Gallardo is heading back to the bullpen, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Andrew Moore will start on Wednesday against the Astros and Mike Leake will start Friday against the Angels.

The Mariners hold a $13 million club option on Gallardo for the 2018 season with a $2 million buyout.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.