Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tallet moved back to bullpen

After a prolonged stint as a member of the Blue Jays rotation, the club has decided to return Brian Tallet back to the bullpen. Tallet, originally earmarked to fill in for a few starts while injuries mounted up to the rotation, aids a taxed 'pen that sorely needs another left hander following the release of B.J. Ryan. The move was made possible because the Jays have four off days in the next three weeks so the club will use a 4 man rotation.

In 17 starts, the lefty posted a respectable 5-6 record with a 4.86 ERA. After a dazzling beginning to his tenure in the rotation, Tallet has battled control issues. Additionally, Tallet has already thrown 40 more innings than at any point in his major league career so that could be why he's been showing signs of wearing down.

With the early success of rookie lefty Marc Rzepczynski, Toronto would like to get an extended look to see how the 23 year old can do, making it easier for the Jays to move Tallet back into his customary role of long reliever.

For any team needing pitching help down the stretch, don't be surprised to hear rumours about the Blue Jays entertaining trade offers for the versatile Tallet.