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Blue Jays place Darren Oliver on DL, call up Sean Nolin

May 24, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Blue Jays left-hander Darren Oliver has been his usual effective self this season at age 42, posting a sub-3.25 ERA for the sixth straight season, but now he’s headed to the disabled list with a strained shoulder.

To replace Oliver on the roster Toronto called up Double-A left-hander Sean Nolin, a 23-year-old who was their sixth-round pick in 2010. While not considered a top prospect Nolin has excellent numbers as a starter in the minors and is arriving in the majors after a grand total of just 30 innings above Single-A, including zero at Triple-A.

He’ll make his MLB debut tonight against the Orioles.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Nolin’s ERA has declined during each step up from short season rookie ball to low single A, to high single A, to Double A. He has consistently averaged more than one strike out per inning. It will be interesting to see how the former 6th round draft pick does. On Sunday, the Jays will use another young starter. Chad Jenkins has a very good sinking fastball but his other pitches are works in progress. His future is probably in the pen. Waiting in the wings is 2012 first round pick Marcus Stroman who is coming off a 50 day suspension due to a tainted supplement. Stroman’s first start in Double A went very well.

    Oliver’s DL stint has been backdated and hopefully he will be back soon. Ramon Ortiz well likely be demoted soon if the young pitchers perform well.

    • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      To make room on the 40 man roster, Happ was placed on the 60 day DL. Surprisingly, the knee sprain is the reason for holding Happ back, rather than the cracked skull

  2. flosox - May 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I’m thoroughly convinced that Oliver and Rivera are cyborgs from the future…

  3. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    So far, not very good. Too many balls up instead of at the knees. I expect that he will get another chance later.

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