Blue Jays Starter Moved to Bullpen

 Toronto Blue Jays fans will be happy to see this. 

According to manager John Schneider, pitcher Yusei Kikuchi will be used out of the bullpen moving forward. Schneider said he expects Kikuchi to contribute some valuable short innings from the bullpen. 

The move comes as no surprise, as Kikuchi has posted an ugly 5.25 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 91 strikeouts over 82 innings this season. He has a 4-7 record on the season. 

In four starts since the All-Star break, the thirty-one-year-old has been especially bad, posting a 5.71 ERA and allowing 15 hits and eight walks over 17 innings. 

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With starter Ross Stripling returning from the injured list, and with the acquisition of starter Mitch White at the trade deadline, the Blue Jays have the flexibility to make this move. 

Perhaps, Kikuchi will be more effective in a limited role moving forward. 

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