Although it's May, the Blue Jays are still putting together their bullpen, and today they are continuing their tryouts, with 27-year-old right hander Ryan Tepera getting the call to the stage. To make room for him, Chad Jenkins was sent back down to the triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
Tepera was added to the 40-man roster this offseason to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. He was drafted in the 19th round back in 2009 as a 21-year-old and has progressed slowly up the ranks, spending a half year in the GCL, a full year in Lansing and Dunedin, followed by two in double-A New Hampshire before joining Buffalo's bullpen in 2014. He has pitched effectively in Buffalo so far this season in 15.2 innings of relief, recording a minuscule 0.57 ERA which came from a Garin Cecchini homer. He has 17 strikeouts to five walks and six hits this season. He can be expected to pitch 1-2 innings per outing.
When he makes his first appearance, Tepera will become the Blue Jays' 19th pitcher so far in 2015. They will pull into a tie for most pitchers used along with the Dodgers, Rays, and Rangers.
Chad Jenkins was optioned back to triple-A after a mop-up outing against the Yankees on Tuesday where he struggled through the eighth inning but bounced back with a decently effective ninth. He had a hard time throwing quality strikes that night, getting to three balls to four of the nine batters faced. He will be back in Toronto again when the club needs someone who can go multiple innings.