By Andrew Hendriks
Canadian Baseball Network
Hours removed from allowing seven earned runs over just two innings of work in Toronto’s series-clinching walk-off win over the Cleveland Indians, Francisco Liriano became the latest Blue Jays hurler to hit the 10-day disabled list with general shoulder inflammation on Thursday.
With the move, Liriano joins fellow starters Aaron Sanchez and J.A. Happ on the DL, leaving only Marcus Stroman and Marco Estrada left active from Toronto’s Opening Day rotation.
Through seven games in 2017, the 6-foot-2 southpaw has amassed an overall ERA of 6.35 while allowing three home runs and unsightly WHIP of 1.906 across 28 1/3 innings. His 23 walks are currently tied for the most in the American League with fellow lefty Wade Miley.
In order to supplement their current 25-man roster, Toronto recalled Leonel Campos from triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. With the Bisons, Campos was 1–0 with an ERA of 2.31 and 15 strikeouts across nine appearances, all of which came in relief.
In addition to Liriano, Toronto also lost former rotation candidate Casey Lawrence on waivers to the Seattle Mariners ahead of Thursday's opener. Lawrence, 29, recorded an ERA of 8.78 across four games with Toronto after making his MLB debut in Tampa Bay on April 8.
Considering the fact that four out of the five members of the Mariners' starting rotation are currently inactive, the long-time Blue Jays farmhand could see a quick return to the major leagues.
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