The Blue Jays designated Mike Bolsinger for assignment yesterday afternoon, recalling right-handed reliever Taylor Cole in a corresponding move.
Cole, recalled in an attempt to keep Toronto’s stressed bullpen fresh, pitched 5.2 innings with the Buffalo Bisons. In 12.2 total innings this season, Cole hasn’t allowed an earned run on six hits, two walks and 16 strikeouts. He didn’t make an appearance in yesterday’s game and has yet to make his major-league debut.
The Blue Jays are on Jay Bruce’s no-trade list, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Bruce cleared revocable waivers on Friday night along with teammate Curtis Granderson.
Bruce has been the subject of Toronto trade interest for a long duration of time. Just prior to 2016 spring training, Bruce was nearly traded to the Blue Jays in a three-team deal involving Michael Saunders, but the deal collapsed with a failed minor-league physical.
John Gibbons commented on Marcus Stroman’s emotions yesterday, saying that he wouldn’t be the same player without his signature fire.
“To be honest with you,” Gibbons said to Sportsnet, “I don't think he's the same guy if he's not somewhat emotional anyways. I think that really drives him."
"My only issue is don't leave the mound. Don't head to the [opposing team's] dugout because nothing good can happen from that," Gibbons continued. "You could have a big brawl start, next thing you know the league's involved but for as long as baseball's been around there's always been interactions between hitters and pitchers and a lot of times things are said.
“The game's really a show now just like any other sport and he gets caught up in that and people love it.”
Thanks to some 10th-inning heroics, the Blue Jays defeated the Houston Astros 4-3 last night. Ryan Goins delivered the game-winning RBI double that scored Rob Refsnyder.
Refsnyder, on a close play at the plate, evaded Brian McCann’s tag to score the winning run after review.
The Blue Jays play the Astros at 2:10 ET today with Marcus Stroman on the mound. Mike Fiers is starting for Houston. You can watch the game on Sportsnet and TVA Sports or listen to it on Sportsnet 590.
Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkColley. Why can you review some plays, but not others? If the goal of video replay is to get the call right, why not get all the calls right?