Burdi had struggled early in the season by allowing three earned runs with just one strikeout in three innings.
With Brett Cecil and Drew Storen struggling offer much help late in games, Chavez will be the unlikely beneficiary as his performance has caught the eye of the manager. "There's a lot that comes out of that skinny body," Gibbons said of Chavez. In his second stint with the Jays, the 32-year-old is sporting a 1.69 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over 11 appearances this season.
Cecil will go back to being a left-handed specialist, meaning each of his appearances will be limited to one or two batters. How long will it last? "Until he gets going," manager John Gibbons said of his struggling left-hander. Cecil's value has already plummeted, but a reduced role will hinder his hold opportunities even more.
This is not surprising, as Ladendorf was recalled when Danny Valencia was placed on the DL and he will now be optioned with Valencia coming off the DL Friday. Ladendorf will continue to provide organizational depth going forward.
This was anticipated, and Valencia is expected to be in Oakland's lineup Friday against the Orioles. Valencia's lack of power to date (zero home runs in 55 plate appearances) does not illustrate how he has been impacting the baseball, as he has been a statcast darling early on thanks to impressive exit velocity readings. He should still be rostered in most formats.
Heaney has made minimal progress since landing on the disabled list in early April with an elbow injury, and the latest report indicates he may be dealing with more than just a minor setback. Heaney figures to continue rehabbing his elbow as long as he can, but if he does not show improvement in the near future, the Angels could decide to send him under the knife.
Shoemaker was sent to the minors last weekend after a dreadful start to the season, but his minor-league stint may be brief, as the Angels need a replacement for the injured Richards, and Shoemaker is likely the top starting pitcher option the team has at the Triple-A level.
Richards was scratched form his scheduled start Friday with what was originally termed "fatigue," but it appears he is dealing with a far more serious issue after being examined Thursday. Richards was the Angels' best starter this season and last, but it now looks like they will spend the rest of this season, and part of next season without their ace.
With Michael Saunders (eight strikeouts in his last three games) getting a day off, Pillar was inserted back to where he began the season, atop the powerful Jays lineup. The center fielder continued his hot hitting in what wound up being the Jays best offensive showing of the season. Although there has been no indication that the move is permanent, Pillar's value would increase dramatically if he were to regain the leadoff spot.
One of the adjustments he's made is to the way he starts his delivery. "I'm actually doing a windup to create some tempo, it kind of helps with flow and that way I'm not trying to get too mechanical, and with a guy on I go to the slide step anyway," Storen explained. "It's something I do in the off-season, and I do that to create a rhythm for my regular windup. So I was like, go back to it, it feels good, the ball comes out well." The added momentum may also help with velocity, which is down so far this season. He froze Prince Fielder with a 94 mph fastball for strike three on Wednesday.