Breaking: Trent Thornton has been placed on the IL. Thornton has elbow inflamation and has no plans of getting an MRI. Jacob Waguespack will be recalled from the taxi squad to take his place. With Trent Thornton being placed on the IL, a spot is left for Saturday.
Spot Start for Thornton
With Thornton on the IL, there is an opening on who will start on Saturday. The Blue Jays have three options to fill the void, Ryan Borucki, Thomas Hatch, and Anthony Kay. Both have pitched well out of the pen, and both are vying for starting roles.
Anthony Kay has been phenomenal out of the pen, striking out five and walking only one through 4-2/3 innings. In addition, manager Charlie Montoyo wants to keep him in a role where he is stretched out.
On the other hand, Thomas Hatch got the start against Tampa Bay, throwing well in his first start. In 2-1/3 innings, Hatch struck out three, walked two, and gave up no hits. This was a small sample, but a good one showing he can hold his own in a spot start.
The final option is Ryan Borucki. After a fantastic rookie season, Borucki was sidelined all of last year due to elbow issues. Now back, Borucki is dominant. In two innings, Borucki has struck out four, walked one, and given up a single hit. In 2018, Borucki’s fastball sat at 92 mph. Now, his fastball is sitting 95 with sink.
In addition, Borucki’s slider is sharp and he is able to play it off his fastball.
All three options are good, however, expect Kay to get the start. He has been the most dominant of the three. Expect Kay to get the nod on Saturday against the Red Sox.
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