Right-handed pitcher Taylor Cole made his major league debut for the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday night against the New York Yankees, and it was a tough one to say the least. In one inning, Cole allowed four runs on six hits in Toronto’s 11-5 loss. Things got worse for Cole on Thursday as an injury has led to his being placed on the 10-day disabled list.
Thursday afternoon the Blue Jays announced that Cole has been sidelined for the time being due to a fractured right toe. To account for the loss of Cole, Toronto has recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Smith from Triple-A Buffalo.
This is an unfortunate development for Cole, given the fact that he’s only pitched in ten games total this season due to health issues. Prior to making his major league debut Wednesday night, Cole most recently pitched at Triple-A Buffalo on August 2. In early July the relief pitcher made three starts for the Blue Jays’ Gulf Coast League outfit, before making the move to Single-A advanced Dunedin.
Cole appeared in two games for Dunedin, one of which was a start, before making four relief appearances for Buffalo. At the minor league level this season Cole has allowed just six hits in 12 2/3 innings pitched, posting a 0.00 ERA and a 0.63 WHIP. Opponents hit just .133 against Cole in the minors, as he tallied 12 strikeouts and two walks.
Smith, who last pitched for Toronto on July 28, makes his return to the majors after making three appearances at Buffalo this month. In his most recent outing, Smith retired the side in order as he picked up the save in Buffalo’s win over Indianapolis Wednesday night. In 22 appearances for Buffalo this season, Smith is 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA and eight saves in 11 opportunities.