ST. PETERSBURG -- When Chad Jenkins made his Major League debut on Tuesday night, he set a club record by becoming the 31st pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season.
Toronto's previous high was 30, but that number has already been surpassed with almost two months still remaining in the season.
One of the main reasons behind the record number has been the multitude of injuries the team has encountered this year, but it's not the only factor at play.
"In certain cases, there are deadlines and contracts that you've got to take a look at a guy before he has the ability to request an out," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I'm sure in some of those, those existed. We've had a lot of turnover because you bring a guy up in the short-term, he gets used, and all of a sudden you're in an extended game, or a game where the bullpen has been used extensively, and then you've got to get another fresh arm in that situation."
There are multiple reasons for the high turnover rate this season, but all of them point back to the uncertainty of the roster due to injuries. The Blue Jays have been forced to put 10 pitchers on the disabled list this year and all but two of those have resulted in season-ending surgeries.
Toronto entered play Wednesday with the third-worst team ERA (4.50) in the Major Leagues. The Blue Jays also have given up the second-most home runs (138) and walks (388), while ranking tenth in WHIP (1.37).