WIth yesterday's rainout, the Blue Jays and Yankees to have to play a doubleheader on Saturday with Marco Estrada scheduled for game one and Marcus Stroman set for game two. Because the Jays will be playing two games on Saturday, one of which would be started by a pitcher who is returning from a serious knee injury, Toronto has recalled Chad Jenkins to give the bullpen some extra length in case Estrada or Stroman's appearance ends up being shorter than hoped.
Jenkins, who is now 27, made a brief appearance in the big leagues in early May but has otherwise spent the entire season in triple-A Buffalo, where he recorded a 2.98 ERA and a 3.47 FIP with a slightly elevated walk rate. WIth the Bisons he had been shuttled in-and-out of the starting rotation, but he has started five games since the beginning of August so he should be stretched out to pitch at least four or five innings. His last appearance came a week ago on September 4 so he should not be too rusty.
In preparation for his start on Saturday, Marcus Stroman was officially activated from the 60-day disabled list today. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, second baseman Devon Travis was moved onto the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his 2015 campaign. Travis last played on July 28 when he had to leave mid-game after aggravating his left shoulder injury while at bat.
In other news, the Lansing Lugnuts have swept the Great Lakes Loons their first postseason series. They are off to West Michigan this weekend to face the Whitecaps in a best-of-three Midwest League Eastern division championship series. Go 'Nuts!