Reid-Foley was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.
Reid-Foley will head back to the minors after struggling in a spot start earlier in the week, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks in two innings while striking out three in a loss to the Orioles. The 23-year-old posted a 3.90 ERA and 10.3 K/9 across 85.1 innings (16 starts) with Buffalo last season and should remain one of the team's top options should an opening arise in the big-league rotation. Thomas Pannone is a candidate to start in place of Reid-Foley on Saturday against the Indians.
Brought back to the team after Clayton Richard (knee) hit the IL, Reid-Foley got little help from his defense or the umpires, but he also just didn't look ready for the assignment. The 23-year-old still has promise -- he posted a 98:30 K:BB in 85 innings for Triple-A Buffalo last year -- but so far, he hasn't shown he's capable of getting big-league hitters out consistently. The Jays have yet to announce their plans for his next turn in the rotation, but if he avoids a demotion to Triple-A, he'll take the mound in Cleveland on Saturday.
Reid-Foley was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo ahead of his scheduled start against the Orioles on Monday.
Reid-Foley will slide into the rotation in place of Clayton Richard (knee), who was sent to the injured list with a stress reaction in his right knee in a corresponding roster move. With Richard expected to miss at least a couple of weeks, Reid-Foley will have the chance to stick in the rotation for a while if he holds his own. That said, Clay Buchholz (elbow) is tracking towards a mid-April return and could bump Reid-Foleey from the rotation if he struggles. The 23-year-old made seven starts for the Blue Jays last season, posting a 5.13 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 11.3 K/9 and 5.7 BB/9 in 33.1 innings during those appearances.
Reid-Foley is expected to be called up to start Monday against Baltimore in place of the injured Clayton Richard (knee), John Lott of The Athletic reports.
Reid-Foley lost out on a rotation spot in spring training, but a new one opened up almost right away with Richard suffering a stress reaction in his right knee. The veteran won't throw for at least two weeks and will then have to rebuild his arm strength, so Reid-Foley will have the opportunity to stick around for a while if he pitches well enough to keep the job -- although Clay Buchholz (elbow) should be ready to take a rotation spot by mid-April if the youngster struggles in his first few turns.
Reid-Foley didn't travel with the Blue Jays to Montreal in advance of Monday's exhibition game against the Brewers and is expected to be demoted to Triple-A Buffalo prior to Opening Day, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Reid-Foley has been competing with Thomas Pannone, Sam Gaviglio and Trent Thornton for the final opening in the Jays' rotation that was created by Ryan Borucki's elbow injury. The young righty had already endured a rough spring heading into his final outing Sunday against the Tigers and saw his fortunes take another hit when he allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in two innings. He'll likely need to demonstrate improved command and control over a multi-start stretch in Buffalo before garnering a look from the Blue Jays.
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