TORONTO -- Manager John Farrell hopes he never has to ask another position player to pitch, but Saturday's bizarre situation did keep the Blue Jays' bullpen intact for their series finale against the Red Sox.
Farrell called on utility man Mike McCoy to pitch the ninth inning of a 16-4 loss to Boston because his team began to run out of arms in the bullpen. Instead of asking a reliever to throw an extended outing, Farrell went with McCoy.
That move meant all eight relievers were available on Sunday afternoon against Boston.
"Everyone is available," Farrell said. "Depending on how much a guy threw yesterday, [Casey] Janssen would probably be just [the one guy] to shut off an inning rather than a full inning. [I was] just trying to keep guys yesterday from getting too over extended so they weren't available today."
McCoy, who pitched a scoreless inning, has now played seven positions with Toronto in the past two seasons. The only spots on the field he has not yet tackled are first base and catcher.
It was another twist in an eventful season for McCoy. He has filled the 25th spot on the roster, which has meant for a lot of trips back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues.
McCoy has already been optioned to the Minors four times this season. Farrell said that's not indicative of the way McCoy has been playing, but it's a reality of the situation he's in. When the team has injuries and roster moves need to be made, he can sometimes be the odd man out.
"That's his role," Farrell said. "He's a versatile guy that loves to play, loves to compete and has the ability to do some things for us.
"He has improved quite a bit defensively and he has the ability to steal a base, he can do some things at the plate. He is very much a team player."
McCoy entered Sunday's game hitting .227, with one home run and eight runs scored.