Blue Jays to promote Brett Anderson

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Brett Anderson throws against the New York Yankees during the first inning of an interleague baseball game Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

[UPDATE]: In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Toronto Blue Jays have optioned right-hander Leonel Campos down to Triple-A Buffalo.

Having struggled as a starter this season, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Tom Koehler was moved to the bullpen by manager John Gibbons. With that being the case, the team will call upon left-hander Brett Anderson to start Tuesday’s game against the rival Boston Red Sox.

Anderson’s contract will be purchased from Triple-A Buffalo, and the Blue Jays will need to make a corresponding move in order to open up a spot on the club’s active roster.

Anderson, who was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 55th overall pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft, will be making his Blue Jays debut on Tuesday evening at Rogers Centre. Having split time between the Blue Jays’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates this season, Anderson has a combined record of 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP in 37 innings pitched.

Anderson has dealt with various injuries throughout his nine-year major league career, and as a result he’s made at least 30 starts in a season just twice.

Anderson made six starts for the Cubs before being designated for assignment on July 26, going 2-2 with an 8.18 ERA and a 2.091 WHIP. In early June the team placed him on the 60-day disabled list due to a strained lower back. Anderson’s return to the majors comes just over two weeks after he agreed to a minor league deal with the Blue Jays.

In the aforementioned Koehler, Anderson replaces a pitcher who struggled in the starting role throughout the 2017 season. In 14 appearances this season, with 13 being starts, Koehler was 1-6 with a 7.30 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. Koehler went five innings in his most recent start, allowing one run on four hits in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. On Monday, he pitched a scoreless inning in relief during Toronto’s 6-5 loss to Boston.

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