Blue Jays recall Jenkins, designate Santos

Chad Jenkins. (Frank Gunn/CP)

In need of bullpen reinforcements following a fourth-consecutive extra-innings game, the Toronto Blue Jays recalled Chad Jenkins from triple-A Buffalo Wednesday.

The Blue Jays designated Sergio Santos for assignment in a related move that comes less than one week after he returned from a month-long stint with Buffalo.

Jenkins has a 2.56 ERA in 21 appearances with the Blue Jays this year, but he has minor league options remaining, so he has been sent to Buffalo five times to preserve Toronto’s pitching depth. He has pitched 31.2 innings this year with 18 strikeouts against just six walks.

Santos pitched in two games since re-joining the Blue Jays over the weekend, allowing three earned runs in 1.1 innings, including a loud home run to Mike Napoli Tuesday. He earned a promotion by pitching 11 scoreless outings with the Bisons, striking out 16 in 10.2 innings while allowing just three hits and six walks.

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In the span of five months, Santos has been Toronto’s closer, spent time on the disabled list, lost his roster spot and dominated triple-A hitters. On Sunday he described the entire process as “extremely humbling.”

“Just a whirlwind. It’s been a fun experience,” he said. “A humbling experience, you name it. That’s the way baseball is. I learned that early on. Anything can happen in this game, and pretty much anything has happened to me this year. You just take it in stride.”