Blue Jays bring up lefty Loup from Double-A
Out with elbow injury, Perez transferred from 15-day to 60-day disabled list
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays purchased the contract of left-hander Aaron Loup from Double-A New Hampshire after transferring lefty Luis Perez from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
With the Fishercats, Loup went 0-3 with three saves and a 2.78 ERA in 37 relief appearances. In 43 1/3 innings, Loup, a ninth-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, walked 14, while striking out 43.
He will join the club for Friday's series opener against the Indians at Rogers Centre.
"Someone who has really come on, someone the New Hampshire staff likes quite a bit," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "I think we should give him a shot and see what he can do for us."
Manager John Farrell said he saw Loup in Spring Training, and said the biggest thing he noticed was that Loup is effective in getting hitters out. The decision to turn to him was based on the need to have another lefty in the bullpen.
Farrell said Loup has a true three-quarter arm slot and that he can "sweep a breaking ball away from a left-hander," while describing his delivery as a little bit deceptive.
"By all accounts that have gone through New Hampshire, and have seen him, particularly over the last six weeks or so, he has grabbed the attention of everyone, Farrell said. "With the unfortunate situation with Luis, once again opportunity knocks, and Aaron is here to step up and take advantage of it."
Perez, who has a UCL tear in his left elbow, is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews this weekend and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, according to Anthopoulos.
The 27-year-old Perez joins pitchers Kyle Drabek, who underwent his second Tommy John surgery, and Brandon Morrow (oblique) and Drew Hutchison (elbow) on the disabled list.
Toronto has been forced to turn to Minor League pitchers all season, many of whom have little to no Major League experience. Farrell said the pro environment can cause pitchers to become inconsistent, but he stressed the importance of not leaning on trusted relievers Jason Frasor, Darren Oliver, Casey Janssen too much.
Toronto righty Brandon Morrow, sidelined on the disabled list since mid-June with a left oblique strain, will throw his first bullpen Friday, consisting of roughly 25-30 pitches, according to manager John Farrell.
Morrow, who Farrell said is symptom-free, is expected to be at Rogers Centre on Saturday for a workout.
"The fact that he has responded as favorable as he has through the early throwing is encouraging," Farrell said about Morrow, who has thrown long toss from distances as far as 150 feet.
Right-hander Dustin McGowan will visit Dr. Pearl in Dallas to rule out a blood clot in his right shoulder, which Farrell said he doesn't have, and is just part of a "process of elimination."
McGowan, who has yet to pitch this season due to shoulder inflammation, is still experiencing ongoing discomfort. The 30-year-old, battling thoracic outlet syndrome -- a condition Farrell said is a gray area -- will have to begin a new program when cleared to resume throwing again.
Farrell said McGowan is still working from square one.
Righty closer Sergio Santos, who has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation since late April and had numerous setbacks, will throw off a mound this upcoming weekend.
Farrell said the team will continue to increase the intensity of Santos' throwing sessions, with the hope of bringing him back this season, but there is no timetable for his return.
Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.