--LHP David Purcey was designated for assignment Tuesday and general manager Alex Anthopoulos feels he will be able to trade him. RHP Casey Janssen and LHP Brad Mills were recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas. INF/OF Mike McCoy, optioned to Class AAA on Sunday, was supposed to rejoin the team after CF Rajai Davis was put on the disabled list with an ankle injury, but that plan changed and he stayed with Las Vegas. In five games and 2 1/3 innings, Purcey had an ERA of 11.57. He allowed two hits and a walk in the eighth inning Monday in trying to protect a 7-1 lead in Seattle. It was the beginning of a Mariners rally that vaulted them to an 8-7 win. The Blue Jays have 10 days in which to trade Purcey, release him or demote him if he clears waivers. "I expect to be able to trade him," Anthopoulos said Tuesday prior to the rematch against the Mariners. "We have 10 days to do something with him and I've had enough interest from clubs (in the past) that I believe that we'll be able to move him before that 10 days expires," Anthopoulos said.
--The Blue Jays' bullpen entered Monday's game in Seattle with a 1.11 ERA, best in the majors. But it could not hold a 7-0 lead, allowing eight runs in 2 2/3 innings -- including five in the eighth -- as the Mariners came back for an 8-7 victory with two runs in the ninth. "It is somewhat unexpected, given the strike-throwing and strikeout-to-walk ratio that we established in the early going," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "This was unforeseen for sure." The relievers gave up six walks Monday after allowing 10 in the first nine games of the season. The bullpen ERA dropped to 3.00.
--CF Corey Patterson had two hits, including a two-run homer on Monday in his first game as a Blue Jay and came back with two hits and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 loss. He is replacing CF Rajai Davis, who has an injured ankle. Patterson batted second with SS Yunel Escobar moved into Davis's leadoff spot. Patterson opened the season on the disabled list after he was hit on the head by a pitch in a spring training game on March 25. "For me the name of my game is to score runs," Patterson said. "They talk about the team being more of a stolen base threat this year. We brought some guys in to do that. I don't consider myself a home run hitter. We have plenty of guys to do that on the team, so if I can just get on and help us manufacture some runs that's what I'm looking to do."
--RHP Brandon Morrow (elbow) made his second rehabilitation assignment start with Class A-advanced Dunedin Tuesday and allowed two hits two earned runs, two walks and struck out four in three innings against Lakeland. RHP Frank Francisco (biceps, chest) also pitched for Dunedin Tuesday as his rehabilitation assignment continued and he allowed one unearned run and one hit in one inning.
--RF Jose Bautista and SS Yunel Escobar haven't played every game for various reasons but have been on base in every game they've played in. With an eighth-inning walk in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Seattle, Escobar has been on base in all nine games he's played in this season, eight of them starts. He missed two games with a mild concussion and was used as a pinch-hitter in his return. Bautista singled in the fourth inning Tuesday and has reached base in all eight games in which he has played and has 10 walks. He missed three games for the birth of his first child. Entering Tuesday's game Bautista led the American League with a .571 on-base percentage and Escobar was second at .531.
BY THE NUMBERS
13 -- Pitchers carried by the Blue Jays after calling up RHP Casey Janssen and LHP Brad Mills from Class AAA Las Vegas Tuesday and designating for assignment LHP David Purcey.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We want to keep these guys fresh. We can pitch them, but we're 10 games into the season and we don't want to burn these guys out or wear them out too early." -- GM Alex Anthopoulos, on why the Blue Jays are going with a 13-man pitching staff, including eight relievers, after Tuesday's moves.
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