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Blue Jays call up Liam Hendriks, designate Esmil Rogers for assignment

May 23, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays Getty Images reports that the Blue Jays have designated reliever Esmil Rogers for assignment and have called up Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Buffalo to make his 2014 debut in Friday’s start against the Athletics.

Rogers, 24, struggled for the Jays out of the bullpen, posting a 6.97 ERA with five home runs allowed despite a 21/7 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings. The defense-independent numbers speak to a pitcher who deserved better results than the performance merited, but he entered the season with a career 5.52 ERA.

Hendriks, 25, had been pitching well in the minors. In 48 2/3 innings over seven starts and two relief appearances, Hendriks posted a 1.48 ERA with a 36/3 K/BB ratio. The Australian had an interesting winter, as he was selected off of waivers from the Twins by the Cubs on December 13. Then he was selected off of waivers by the Orioles ten days later. On February 21, the Jays selected him off of waivers from the O’s.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Esmil Rogers pitched poorly this season and eared his demotion fair and square. The majority of Jays fans are happy that he is gone. We have no idea of how well Hendriks will pitch; however, given the way the Aussie pitched in Buffalo, he has earned his promotion.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Hendriks was removed from today’s game after 5 2/3 innings. He was having some control issues as the three walks were as much as he had in all of his Triple A appearances. Since he had only given up 1 run, he does have a chance for a W.

    • spezzdispenser - May 23, 2014 at 9:06 PM


  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - May 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    The Indians got their starting catcher and utility infielder from the Jays for this guy in November of 2012. Wonder if they’ll snatch him back up?

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      If the Indians claim him, their loss would be our gain.

      • nbjays - May 23, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        If the Indians claim him, I hope they get a fire extinguisher to go along with him.

      • proudlycanadian - May 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        He passed through waivers and is going to pitch in Buffalo.

      • nbjays - May 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Sucks to be Buffalo.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Hendriks just recorded his first win of the season. Mighty Casey got save #6. Janssen has an era of 0.00.

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      As an Aussie, Hendriks must have felt comfortable pitching in a Commonwealth country, and facing a team wearing green and gold colours, since Australia’s sports teams wear green and gold. Obviously, he will get more starts for the Jays.

  5. thetoolsofignorance - May 24, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Liam Hendriks was good enough. Smart enough. And gosh darn it, people like him

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