TORONTO -- Right-hander David Carpenter became the 32nd different pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season when he made his debut in a 10-4 loss to the Yankees on Friday night.
Unfortunately for Carpenter, his stint in the big leagues didn't last long, as after the game he was optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas. Utilityman Mike McCoy was recalled in a move that was necessitated when Colby Rasmus re-aggravated a right groin injury in the eighth inning.
Carpenter was caught up in a numbers game, as the club needed to add another position player to the bench in case Rasmus is unable to go Saturday afternoon.
Carpenter was acquired along with left-hander J.A. Happ prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline as part of a 10-player deal with the Astros. The 27-year-old was assigned to Triple-A Las Vegas, but was always considered a key component of the trade.
"Mainly just fastball-slider, four-seamers and the slider," Carpenter said of his repertoire prior to the game. "Other than that, really haven't tried to branch away from that too much. Especially normally being a one-inning guy, I've always been told that if you've got two pitches, you can compete. Eventually I'm going to try to work on a third pitch, changeup or something of that nature."
It was generally assumed that it would only be a matter of time before Carpenter got the promotion, and that happened prior to Toronto's three-game set against the Yankees.
"I talked with [Blue Jays general manager] Alex [Anthopoulos] a little bit, and he said it was just a matter of going down there right now, getting used to the organization, getting to know some of the personnel and having a few eyes on me, since they hadn't really gotten an opportunity to see me much this year," Carpenter said of his discussions with the organization after the trade was completed.
Carpenter is in his second Major League season after posting a 0-2 record with a 6.07 ERA in 30 relief appearances for the Astros prior to being acquired by the Blue Jays on July 20.
The Morgantown, W.Va., native recorded a 1-3 record with a 2.93 ERA in his rookie season in 2011. In eight games for Las Vegas, the right-hander posted a 0-1 record with a 1.93 ERA, while adding 14 strikeouts in just 9 1/3 innings.