On Saturday, the Toronto Blue Jays placed Troy Tulowitzki on the 15 day DL and replaced him with Aaron Loup, returning his DL stint.
#BlueJays put Troy Tulowitzki on 15-day DL with right quad strain, Aaron Loup activated from DL.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) May 28, 2016
The moment the club activated Devon Travis a few days ago, the speculation was that it was because Tulo was hurt and would require time off. Contrary to that feeling, the Blue Jays played him in the first game of the Red Sox series and he went 0-4. He also committed an error, which has become more regular of late than we are comfortable with. The normally sure handed short stop may have had his leg nagging him for a while.
So, rather than waste any more time, the club will ride the Darwin Barney, Ryan Goins train for the time being. The good news, here, is that there is not really a drop off on the defensive side with these two options. Offensively speaking, there definitely is. Though, you could make the argument that the difference is not as pronounced this year.
Tulo’s struggles have been well documented thus far in the 2016 season. Even though, he looked to be turning the corner recently, he still has not lived up to his career output. The Blue Jays will be missing out on the potential offense of Tulo, but will be benefiting from the surprising performance of Barney’s. The former Gold Glove winner is hitting .308 with an OBP of .338. That has to make the club feel better about the loss of Tulo. When looking at Goins, the offensive hole is more pronounced, so it makes sense for them to go with Barney everyday at short stop.
Aaron Loup steps into a bullpen that has sorely missed him. We all know how in love with the lefty hurler John Gibbons is. So, Gibby may have done a happy dance when this decision was made. There was probably a little extra funk in his groove because of the lack of effective lefty arms currently in the ‘pen.
The misadventures of the Blue Jays bullpen has been another well documented narrative, to say the least. But, adding Loup will go a long way to improving the situation. Loup is a lefty who can be quite effective, if he is on his game. Of course, he is perfectly capable of being the target of frustration as well. He may very well have been rushed back to the club after missing the entire season thus far, which is likely an indication of just how badly the club feels they need him.
Loup’s comeback trail consisted of 2 innings in A+ and 2.2 innings in Buffalo. In total, he saw 4.2 innings in 6 games. So, realistically, we can expect some rust. It would be great if he could come in and be the stabilizing force that this bullpen needs, but we shouldn’t expect a whole lot from him, at least not right away. That said, his arrival has been much anticipated and the club certainly hopes that he’ll will be every bit the arm they need.
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