Hendriks was traded to the A's in exchange for Jesse Chavez on Friday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. He was excellent last year out of the Jays' bullpen, posting a 2.92 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. That said, Hendriks doesn't figure to get many save opportunities with Sean Doolittle holding down the closer role for the A's.
The Blue Jays tried to make Liam Hendriks a starter and that did not stick. Now that he's a reliever, he's become an integral part of the team, per the Toronto Sun. In 31 2/3 innings of work, Hendriks has an ERA of 2.84 and a 2-0 record. He's been particularly effective against right-handed hitters, allowing just seven hits to them in their last 51 at-bats dating back to late April. "My velocity has been consistent and I'm working at keeping it that way," he said. "I think it has always been in there but it has never been full harnessed and that's what I've been able to do this year with a little bit more of an aggressive approach."
Blue Jays reliever Liam Hendriks allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning and blew his second save in five outings on Tuesday. Hendriks entered to start the eighth, trying to preserve a one-run lead. After striking out the first batter he faced, he allowed three straight hits and five hits to the next six batters. Hendriks save his ERA grow to 4.29 after the rough outing.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters he would like to take a longer look at his relievers before returning to a seven-man bullpen. With Miguel Castro, Brett Cecil, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Loup and Marco Estrada likely safe, Todd Redmond, Liam Hendriks and Colt Hynes appear to be on the bubble, per MLB.com. "Usually this time of the year, early on, you don't need to give guys days off, so you can play a little short," Gibbons said. "Being an American League team, there's not a whole lot going on anyways. We want to see the production out of the 'pen too, see how they pitch."
The Blue Jays are carrying an extra reliever and using a seven-man bullpen to start the season, allowing John Gibbons to postpone a cut. "Usually this time of the year, early on, you don't need to give (position) guys days off, so you can play a little short," Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "Being an American League team, there's not a whole lot going on anyways. We want to see the production out of the 'pen too, see how they pitch." The Jays will likely be able to get away with the extra arms until outfielder Michael Saunders is ready to return from the disabled list. At that point, Liam Hendriks, Colt Hynes and Todd Redmond will likely be battling for two bullpen spots.