Thursday, June 4, 2009

Jays axe Wolfe; call up Hayhurst

The Blue Jays finally put reliever Brian Wolfe out of his misery, sending him down to AAA Las Vegas following a pair of horrific outings. In 7 games, he gave up 13 hits, 7 runs in just 8.1 innings of work, allowing three long balls. The numbers are somewhat skewed the pitiful final two appearances, where he gave up 3 runs in each contest, including a blown save in Baltimore

One man's loss is another man's gain. The Jays have brought 28 year righty Dirk Hayhurst into the fold, presumably for mop up duty and potentially as a long reliever. The Jays claimed Hayhurst off waivers from the Padres in October, and he will attempt to show the clubs brass they didn't make a mistake. His numbers with San Diego in '08 and with AAA Las Vegas this year are not something to write home about. With the Padres, he had a disgusting 9.72 ERA, and in Las Vegas this season his ERA was 5.11.

There could be a glimmer of hope, however. Manager Cito Gaston was extremely impressed with Hayhurst in Spring Training, where he displayed great control. In 8 solid innings, Hayhurst allowed just 1 run, issuing no walks. Gaston wanted to bring him north with the big club, but an issue with his contract prohibited him from making the jump to Toronto until May 15th.

Now that he's here, the question is, will he be another Brian Wolfe? Or the guy he was in spring training? My money is on the former.

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