Hutchison was optioned Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Hutchison will head to the minors now as the Blue Jays call up Andy Burns in a corresponding roster swap. Given Hutchison would not have made another start until after the All-Star break, this could just be a temporary move to provide infield depth for Toronto's next three games. Hutchison gave up two earned runs over six innings against Detroit on Thursday.
Hutchison (1-0) pitched six quality innings, allowing three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven in Thursday's game against the Tigers. He did not factor in the decision. Hutchison made the most of his second spot start this season, notching his first quality outing since August 29 of last season -- ironically, that game was also against the Tigers. In his two starts this season, the 25-year-old right-hander has a 3.86 ERA with 12 strikeouts over 11.2 innings. From 2013-2015, Hutchison started 71 games and will likely be called upon to make a fair amount of starts during the second half of the season.
Hutchison is scheduled to start Thursday's game against the Tigers. He was recently recalled, and was expected to start a game prior to the All-Star break, and now the team is listing him as the probable starter for Thursday. Hutchison has a 2.78 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 87.1 innings at Triple-A this year, but his career 4.92 ERA in 400.1 big league innings should scare some potential owners away for now. However, if he can pitch well, the Jays will have opportunities for him to continue getting starts in the second half, as Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman can hardly be relied on for 200 innings.
Hutchison has been called up prior to Saturday's game against Cleveland, Blue Jays play-by-play announcer Mike Wilner reports. It was reported Friday morning that Hutchison would not be joining the team until after the All-Star Break, but Friday's 19-inning game with the Indians seemed to change things. Hutchison has posted a 6-3 record with Triple-A Buffalo, sporting a 2.78 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP during 87.1 innings of work. With the Blue Jays bullpen tired out from Friday's contest, the 25-year-old could see some action Saturday.
Hutchison will not be called up to make a spot start before the All-Star break, Ben Nicholson-Smith reports. Unlike many expected, Hutchison will not be recalled as the team plans to roll through the rotation as-is. This is turning in to an odd situation as the Jays have had every reason to bring Hutchison back up, but have seemed reluctant to do so.