09/01/09 5:17 PM ET
Inglett one of three callups by Jays
Infielder eager to contribute in final month of season
By Drew Davison / Special to MLB.com
Toronto recalled infielder Joe Inglett and right-handers Brian Wolfe and Dirk Hayhurst from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Jays will likely add two to four more players when Las Vegas' season ends on Sept. 7.
"It feels outstanding to be back here, you know, it always feels great," Inglett said. "I need to take full advantage of this opportunity and help the team win. I need to be the role player they want me to be."
Inglett has been back and forth between the Majors and Minors all season, and is trying to prove he belongs in the big leagues. In 109 games with the Blue Jays last year, Inglett thought he proved himself, hitting .297 with 15 doubles, seven triples, three home runs and 39 RBIs.
But Inglett's chances disappeared when the team signed Kevin Millar the spring.
"Once we got Kevin, I don't think it took Inglett too long before he asked, 'What are my chances?" Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "I told him the truth. He has been up and down with us like a yo-yo. He hit .300 up here last year, so he'll get a chance to play."
Still, Inglett has played in 29 games with the Jays this year, hitting .246 with four RBIs. In 40 games with Las Vegas, Inglett posted a .360 average with three home runs and 25 RBIs.
"They have their horses and they've had a great season," Inglett said. "I want to come in and just contribute and help the team win."
Wolfe, meanwhile, rejoins the team after going 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA at Triple-A. In seven relief appearances for the Blue Jays this year, Wolfe is 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA.
Hayhurst went 4-6 with a 3.75 ERA in 25 games, including six starts, at Las Vegas. In 12 relief appearances for the Blue Jays this season, Hayhurst has a 1.72 ERA.
"Those guys are bullpen guys," Gaston said. "I guess they're both suited to be long guys, so hopefully we won't need both of them tonight."
A notable name left off the callup list was right-hander Jeremy Accardo.
Accardo said he was surprised and disappointed about being sent down on Aug. 14. He said the team gave him no reason why he was demoted, even though he had a 2.50 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 18 innings since being recalled on June 18. At Triple-A since his demotion, Accardo has a 1.80 ERA with three saves in five games. He has pitched five innings, allowing one run on one hit.
But, as some within the organization pointed out, the Triple-A team needs players to finish the season. So Accardo will likely be one of the players added by the Jays after the 51s finish their season.
Drew Davison is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.