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Blue Jays balancing bullpen, claim Pauley

Blue Jays balancing bullpen, claim Pauley

Blue Jays balancing bullpen, claim Pauley
MILWAUKEE -- Along with the changes to the starting rotation, including the addition of Wednesday starter Joel Carreno, Blue Jays manager John Farrell has had to be creative with his bullpen. That includes a more set schedule for his relievers.

"We've had a lot of change, that goes without saying," Farrell said. "But the use of the bullpen is going to come into a little bit of a rotation, as well. Identifying those multi-inning relievers, whether that's [Luis Perez], [Carlos Villanueva] or [Aaron Laffey], they're going to be on about a three-day rotation themselves. And you begin to match them up on their availability in behind the given starter on a night."

Farrell said the bullpen rotation strategy is not a new one, but it does require more monitoring of a reliever when looking for as many innings as possible.

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To bolster the bullpen, the Blue Jays claimed right-hander David Pauley off waivers from the Angels on Wednesday. Pauley has appeared in five Major League games this season, recording a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. He is on the 40-man roster, but Toronto will need to make a move to add him to the 25-man.

Before Wednesday's game, Farrell was also asked about considering a four-man starting rotation, and he said he "can see how where that can make a lot of sense." But with an extra pitcher on the roster now with the eventual addition of Pauley -- as well as Carreno, who has the potential to throw 110 pitches in an outing -- Farrell said he'll stick with the current plan of attack.

"We've constructed the 'pen now where we've got three or four guys to go multiple innings," he said. "And that's how we'll choose to go at it for now."

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