Blue Jays call up Koehler, send Rowley down
By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
With Toronto opting to give J.A. Happ an added day off between starts, RHP Tom Koehler has been recalled from triple-A Buffalo and will make the start for the Blue Jays against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
In a corresponding move, RHP Chris Rowley was optioned back to Buffalo.
Acquired from Miami in exchange for minor league righty Osman Gutierrez on August 19, Koehler, 31, joins the Blue Jays having gone 1-5 with an ERA of 7.92 across 12 starts with the Marlins in 2017.
For his career, the former 18th-round draft pick owns a cumulative record of 36-53 to go along with a career WHIP of 1.396, a K/9 of 6.9 and an ERA of 4.43 through 146 MLB appearances, 132 of which have come as a starter.
Under team control through the 2018 season, Koehler, who is set to represent Toronto's 13th different starting pitcher this season, will undoubtedly be looking to showcase his talents in an effort to earn a spot on the Blue Jays' roster next spring.
A victim of the long ball in his latest start against Tampa Bay, Rowley made three appearances with the Blue Jays prior to Thursday's roster move. Through 13 2/3 frames, the 26-year-old right hander allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits, striking out seven and issuing nine walks.
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