The Blue Jays are shuffling their pitching staff, as left-hander Brad Mills returns to Class AAA Las Vegas, while right-hander Joel Carreno moves up from Class AA New Hampshire and will pitch out of the bullpen in Toronto. Left-hander Luis Perez, who has been pitching well in relief, will start Sunday, where Mills was supposed to pitch.
The Blue Jays are in full audition mode and it isn't even September.
Let's not forget Henderson Alvarez, who is scheduled to make his third big-league start since being called up from New Hampshire on Saturday.
"It's important to us to win as many games as we can and to finish as high as we can," manager John Farrell said. "But we're also looking at guys who at this time next year or even in spring training, are going to be that much higher on the depth chart.
"Exposure at this time of year can go a long way to making them more of a known commodity next year."
Carreno has a good slider, and with New Hampshire, he was 7-9 with a 3.41 ERA in 24 games, 23 of them starts.
"He started off a little slow," New Hampshire pitching coach Pete Walker said. "He picked it up. He's got one of the best sliders that I've seen at this level that's for sure and a slider that will play in the big leagues hopefully some day. He's a guy who's starting to get on the radar right now. People are starting to take notice."
Said Farrell: "The one thing that he showed in spring training, much like Henderson and Luis -- they come to this level and (have) not been intimidated. He had very good mound presence in spring training, and we're looking forward to seeing the same."
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