With Tallet on DL, Richmond starting
Parrish the fourth lefty in 'pen, Hill moved to 60-day disabled list
TORONTO -- A late-night stroll through his home led to an unfortunate mishap for Blue Jays reliever Brian Tallet. The left-hander broke the small toe on his right foot and will be sidelined for at least the next two weeks.
"He stubbed it in his apartment," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said on Monday. "He got up in the middle of the night and hit something. I'm not sure if it was a chair, or whatever. ... He wants to do nothing else but pitch. It's just one of those unfortunate things that happens."
Tallet's unexpected injury forced the Jays to retool their bullpen and rotation. Preferring to keep four left-handers in the bullpen, Gaston shifted John Parrish out of his starting role and added the pitcher to the relief corps. The Jays promoted right-hander Scott Richmond from Triple-A Syracuse to take Parrish's rotation spot on Wednesday.
As late as Sunday night, Gaston said he still believed Parrish was going to make his scheduled start. That was until he received the results from Tallet's visit with the medical staff, which indicated that the reliever suffered a non-displaced spiral fracture of his small right toe, warranting a trip to the 15-day disabled list.
"Right now, Tallet is going to be on the DL for a couple of weeks -- maybe longer," Gaston said. "We can get Parrish in the bullpen -- that can help us out a little bit -- and give a look at this kid [Richmond] and see what he can do for us."
In 37 games out of the Blue Jays' bullpen this season, the 30-year-old Tallet is 0-1 with a 3.03 ERA. The southpaw had compiled 34 strikeouts and 15 walks over 38 2/3 innings, limiting opposing hitters to a .236 average. Tallet becomes the 14th different player to land on the DL this season.
To clear room on the 40-man roster for Richmond, a Vancouver native who has gone 5-10 with a 4.29 ERA in 21 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this season, the Jays transferred second baseman Aaron Hill from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Hill has been out with post-concussion syndrome since May 29 and still has no established timetable for a return.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.