Friday, May 1, 2009

Blue Jays overhaul rotation

The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday overhauled their starting rotation, sending lefties David Purcey and Brian Burres to Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, while replacing them with highly-regarded 22-year-old southpaw Brett Cecil, as well as right-hander Robert Ray. Reliever Bryan Bullington was also sent to Las Vegas and replaced by Brian Wolfe.

Cecil, the 38th overall selection of the 2007 draft, pitched all three minor league levels last season, but has struggled this year in going 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in four starts for the 51s. He is scheduled to make his major league debut on Tuesday, May 5 Againstthe Cleveland Indians.

The 25-year-old Ray, who will start on Saturday against Baltimore, has appeared in two games, one with Dunedin (A) and one with Las Vegas (AAA) this season. The 6-5, right-hander tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his last start, April 26 for the 51s, allowing two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

Wolfe, 28, has made nine relief appearances for Las Vegas, posting a 0-1 record with a 3.46 ERA.

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