According to a tweet from the team, the Jays have subtracted a right-hander from their bullpen in order to add a lefty for the upcoming series against the Rays and Yankees.
The @BlueJays have recalled LHP Evan Crawford and optioned RHP Joel Carreno to New Hampshire of the Eastern League (AAA).
— Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) May 14, 2012
The tweet seems to be a bit confused, fulfilling the fantasies of Ottawa’s City Council by suggesting that New Hampshire is now the club’s Triple-A affiliate, so… I’m not entirely sure whether to believe that Carreno is being sent to New Hampshire, where he spent the bulk of 2011, or to Triple-A, which would be Las Vegas, where he’d been recalled from at the start of the month.
Regardless, Carreno didn’t do himself a whole lot of favours by getting a bit walk-y yesterday– coming through unscathed in relief of Ricky Romero, despite giving out three free passes in 1.2 innings– as well as in his appearance on Friday. And Evan Crawford will provide an extra bit of left-handedness, which should help the Jays over the next week, as key bats for both the Rays– Joyce, Zobrist, Scott and Molina– and the Yankees– Swisher, Cano, Teixeira, Jones, Ibanez– have been struggling against southpaws this season.
Of course, Crawford is going to have to be better than what we’ve seen so far in the Majors– and especially better than his performance against Texas before he was sent down, in which he gave up home runs to right-hander Craig Gentry, and lefty Mitch Moreland– for any of this to actually matter.
So… there’s that.
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