CHICAGO -- Blue Jays right-hander Chad Jenkins was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo following Friday night's 11-5 loss to the White Sox, and right-hander Kyle Drabek was promoted from Buffalo in a corresponding move.
The decision to option Jenkins is yet another setback for a player who has experienced a lot this season. He has been optioned to the Minors six times this year alone, and all of those moves had little to do with his performance and everything to do with the numbers game.
"We need a body," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted after using six relievers in the loss to Chicago.
Jenkins allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings Friday night, but prior to that he had allowed one unearned run dating back to June 26. He has a sparkling 2.56 ERA in 31 2/3 innings this season and recently tossed six shutout innings in a 19-inning win over the Tigers.
Despite the success, Jenkins once again becomes the odd man out. He won't be eligible to return for at least another 10 days unless someone goes on the disabled list.
Drabek has the ability to throw multiple innings and is already on the 40-man roster. Toronto needs someone who can throw a lot of pitches in the event that left-hander Mark Buehrle doesn't work deep into Saturday's start.
Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.