The Blue Jays announced the minor-leaguers that they were calling up to their Major League Roster expanded on Tuesday.
Ryan Tepera, Aaron Loup, Jeff Francis, Dalton Pompey and Munenori Kawasaki are being added to the roster ahead of tonight’s game against Cleveland. Josh Thole is expected to be called up ahead of Tomorrow nights game and Marcus Stroman should be up if all goes well with his rehab start in the next few weeks.
All of the above named players have spent time with the Blue Jays this season with Loup having appeared in the most games this season with 48 appearances before he pitched himself out of a big league job. Jeff Francis has appeared in eight games pitching 12 innings allowing nine earned runs on 16 hits. Ryan Tapera was a victim of the numbers game after the Blue Jays acquired LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe. Tapera did look good though when he was up earlier in the year pitching 25 innings with a WHIP of 0.803.
Pompey made the team out of Spring Training but it soon became apparent that his bat wasn’t ready for the big time and was sent to the minors in early May when Kevin Pillar became the every day centerfielder.