Blue Jays option Castro; Delabar, Jenkins recalled

Right-hander Miguel Castro. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have sent Miguel Castro and Scott Copeland to triple-A Buffalo, recalling pitchers Steve Delabar and Chad Jenkins in a corresponding move.

The 20-year-old Castro made the Blue Jays’ Opening Day roster after an impressive spring and at one point was handed the role of closer. However, Castro struggled in the role and was eventually replaced by Brett Cecil. Castro is 0-2 with a 4.38 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 12.1 innings for Toronto.

Along with Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey, Castro is the third Jays rookie sent to triple-A since Friday.

Copeland was recalled by Toronto on Friday and made his debut Saturday, throwing one scoreless inning in the Blue Jays’ 11-4 win over the Cleveland Indians. Copeland pitched two innings in Sunday’s loss, giving up one hit and walking two.

After being cut from the big-league camp during spring training, Delabar is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.00 and seven strikeouts over nine innings with the Buffalo Bisons. Over 18.2 innings, Jenkins is 1-1 with an ERA of 2.89 and 10 strikeouts for Buffalo.