Blue Jays call up Jenkins to bolster bullpen

Blue Jays call up Jenkins to bolster bullpen

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have promoted right-hander Chad Jenkins from Triple-A Buffalo to provide some much-needed relief to the bullpen.

Toronto used five relievers to throw 6 1/3 innings during Friday night's 7-3 loss to the Yankees. That created the need for another reliever and Jenkins is the one coming up.

Jenkins often gets overlooked within the organization but has posted some very quality innings over the past couple of years. In 2013, he had a 2.70 ERA while striking out 15 batters over the course of 33 1/3 innings.

Jenkins, 26, has the ability to throw multiple innings and also could be used in a set-up role when Steve Delabar needs a day off. He had yet to pitch in the Minor Leagues this year.

To make room on the 25-man roster, right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was designated for assignment. Jeffress has caught the eye of scouts because of his ability to throw upper-90s velocity, but a lack of command has been his main issue.

Jeffress allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays this season. He was out of options on his contract and could not be sent to the Minors without first clearing waivers.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.