TORONTO -- The rash of injuries that have hit the Blue Jays' pitching staff this year has provided an opportunity for a pair of rookie relievers to make their mark on the big league club.
Both Sam Dyson and Aaron Loup have been promoted to the Major Leagues in the past two weeks to help a team that currently has eight pitchers on the disabled list.
For both relievers, it's not only an opportunity to add depth to the bullpen, but to make their case for a job next season.
"In some ways, yeah," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said of the potential audition. "Yet, there are certain restrictions with Dyson's usage because of what he has come through [injury-wise] in the last two years.
"Trying to stay away from back-to-back outings and even though he has only had the one outing, game situations are going to dictate his usage, as well."
When Loup makes his Major League debut, he will become the 26th different pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season. The 24-year-old posted a 2.78 ERA in 37 games for Double-A New Hampshire while striking out 43 in 45 1/3 innings.
The opportunity to pitch for Toronto came a little earlier than expected, but he hoped all along that at some point this season his time would come.
"It was definitely a goal," said Loup, who was promoted after left-hander Luis Perez was placed on the 60-day DL with a left elbow injury. "I thought if I could pitch well consistently all season long that I could have a chance maybe for a September callup or something. I wasn't really expecting to be here this early. But I'll definitely take it."