The Blue Jays’ bullpen continues to change by the day. Today, the team has placed left-hander J.P. Howell on the disabled list. The corresponding move sees Dominic Leone recalled from Buffalo. Steve Buffery has the story:
#BlueJays putting LHP JP Howell on disabled list. Sore shoulder. Bringing RHP Dominic Leone back from Buffalo.
— steve buffery (@Beezersun) April 9, 2017
Howell had a bumpy start to the season. The lefty ran into trouble on Friday, when he gave up two hits, two walks, and a pair of runs, without recording an out. That said, Howell is expected to be the team’s top left-hander this season. This is likely a precautionary move, but the Jays do have to be extra cautious with their better bullpen arms. With Howell on the shelf, Aaron Loup will be the lone left-hander in the bullpen.
Leone was optioned down to Buffalo yesterday, following his Blue Jays’ debut on Friday night. The bullpen was taxed again in last night’s extra-inning affair, so the team was in need of a fresh arm. Should Marco Estrada run into any early trouble, Leone will most likely be the first reliever to enter the game. Fortunately for the Jays, Roberto Osuna will be activated from the DL on Tuesday. The closer should provide a significant shot in the arm, for a bullpen that has already pitched plenty of innings in this young season.