The Killer B’s fly away

Just as soon as they were called up to the big leagues, the Killer B’s (Brian and Bryan) have returned to Triple A. Burres’ demotion came as no surprise, as he gave up 10 runs in just 2 starts and 5.1 innings of major league work. Bullington on the other hand actually performed fairly well up until today. So with 2 roster spots suddenly open, who now fills the spots? I figure that there are two possible scenarios:

  1. One (or both) of our former setup men are returning to the bullpen. Either Jeremy Accardo or Casey Janssen could be back, though the odds are more in favour of Accardo since Janssen probably needs another 2 or 3 rehab starts.
  2. One or (both) of the Blue Jays fabled young arms in Brett Cecil or Brad Mills will be on their way to Toronto. If that is the case, why didn’t they just call up Cecil or Mills in the first place, instead of subjecting us to the painful starts from Brian Burres?

I would like to see a combination of Accardo and either Cecil of Mills join the 25-man roster, but anything can happen as demonstrated by Brian Burres. Whatever decision the Blue Jays make, it likely won’t be for very long because Ricky Romero is due to come back from the disabled list pretty soon, and Casey Janssen will also be ready sometime within May.

Just to let you guys know, I’ll be liveblogging tomorrow’s Blue Jays/Orioles game over at The Score. It’ll be Roy Halladay (4-1) up against Mark Hendrickson (1-3). I’ll post the link to the liveblog page as soon as the page is ready.


Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

5 thoughts on “The Killer B’s fly away

  • May 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Why didn’t they just call up Cecil or Mills in the first place?

    In an attempt to avoid super-two status (which wouldn’t have happened anways) the Jays will probably want to wait another week or so before calling either of those two players up. It’ll guarantee an extra year of contract control down the line.

    When it comes to call-ups etc don’t think with your baseball brain. Turn that sucker off and focus on your business side. Money talks and JP talks.

    Hah, I made a funny. Well not that funny…

    Lookin forward to your liveblog. I’ll do what I can to swing on over and check it out.

  • May 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Good point! I often think with my baseball brain rather than seeing the business side of things. Obviously, Cecil and Mills have a brighter future with the club than Burres or Bullington so that’s why they chose to call them up rather than Cecil/Mills. That’s probably also the same reason why the Orioles haven’t called up Wieters, right?

    I’m looking forward to the liveblog! It is my maiden voyage, and should be interesting. I can’t believe it’s a Doc start, there will be lots to talk about for sure.

  • May 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    So much for that. Cecil gets the call. Still a smart move by JP to wait a month to give him the call up. There is no way that Cecil will earn super-two status (basically you have to pitch like Lincecum to earn this as a pitcher).

  • May 1, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I guess it’s better to roll the dice with the other guys (Burres/Bullington) rather than just bring up Cecil right away.

    Now I’m starting to see the logic behind these decisions.

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