Blue Jays call up Koehler, send Rowley down

 The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled former Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler from triple-A Buffalo to start Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled former Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler from triple-A Buffalo to start Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.