In an attempt to re-ignite an ice-cold Jays lineup, the team has sent Travis Snider, Brett Cecil and Robert Ray to Las Vegas and called up Joe Inglett, Casey Janssen and Ricky Romero. Janssen and Romero will join the rotation in place of Ray and Cecil and hopefully the move will get the Jays back in the left column of the ledger where they have been more often than not up until the recent road trip to Boston. On the other side of the moves, the youngsters going back to Vegas will get a chance to play their way out of their recent slumps and make their way back to the big club. Snider in particular will likely be back before long as utility man Inglett is not a long term solution whereas Snider is the future of the franchise.
In five minor league outings before being promoted Janssen poster a sparkling 0.76 ERA. The right-hander missed all of 2008 after undergoing shoulder surgery on his pitching arm and suffered an unrelated injury to the same shoulder in spring training this year. Janssen has not started on a regular basis since his rookie season of 2006 when he went 6-10 with a 5.07 ERA and last pitched with the club as a set-up man in 2007 when he put a solid 2.35 ERA in 70 appearances. Needless to say the Jays are hoping for the type of performances he posted in his minor league stint this season.
Ricky Romero was off to a blazing start to his rookie season posting a 2-0 record and a 1.71 ERA in three starts before going on the DL on April 23rd with a strained oblique. His minor league rehab was anything but desirable but the club has to be confident he can get back to his early season form before long.
The Jays offence has also been struggling of late having scored only 5 runs in the last 4 games. Inglett will not bring the power that Snider possesses but he will bring a workmanlike attitude to the roster and his ability to play multiple positions should give Hill, Scutaro and others a chance to take the occasional night off to stay fresh for the long haul. The move for Snider will give him a chance to regain the power stroke he displayed earlier in the season and he should return to the big club with a little more consistency, although he will still suffer the occasional dry-spell.
The moves the team made are not out of desperation at all and they will only help the club both now and in the future. Manager Cito Gaston has been here before and he knows the importance of having your young players contribute but he also undertands that in order for the club to continue it's climb back to prominence in the AL, the kids are going to have to develop more consistency and right now the best way for them to do that is to get more work in the minors.