Welcome back to the bigs, Chad Jenkins.
Not that the Toronto Blue Jays had much of a choice, of course. The team had already gotten one miraculous outing from Ramon Ortiz (5.0 IP, one earned run), and with the news that Brandon Morrow won’t make his pushed-back start on Sunday, the team needed to make the move to find a starter to hold the fort, as they say.
It’s a spot that the 25-year-old has been, going back to last summer when he was called to the bullpen amidst what we now know as the Great Blue Jays Pitching Staff Massacre Of 2012 (also known as Dr. James Andrews’ Awesome Summer), eventually making three starts towards the end of the year with reasonable results (3.95/1.17 ERA/WHIP over 13.2 innings).
Things will likely end up being a little more dicey this time around for the righty, though, considering that he’d just come off the minor league DL after recovering from a shoulder surgery, and is yet to be stretched out, according to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm.
Having to face the Red Sox on top of that? Talk about a trial by fire.
Yes, chances are that the bluebirds bullpen will likely have to be prepared to get busy on Sunday for a bit of extra work. The team is really putting the ‘emergency’ in term emergency starter right now, and it’ll likely continue this way until the situation with Morrow becomes less cloudy before his scheduled start on Wednesday.
It’s a fluid all-hands-on-deck situation, and if he’s not able to go by then, who knows? We might even get a chance to see Ortiz made an entirely unexpected second start for the Blue Jays in 2013 … or (cue scary music here) maybe more.