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According to Jamie Campbell's Sportsnet Blog, Jason Frasor has been sent down and Dustin McGowan has been called up in his place.

Thanks to Bauxite binnister for the heads-up.

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Mike Green - Friday, April 28 2006 @ 06:16 PM EDT (#146013) #
Repeating what I said in the old thread:

Sending Frasor down surprises me. He's been good for 140 innings over the last 2 years.  To be sent down because of 10 rough innings at the start of this season seems strange.  As the link illustrates, he hasn't been as bad as his ERA would suggest.  Perhaps there is more to the story.

JB21 - Friday, April 28 2006 @ 06:34 PM EDT (#146017) #

Also repeating what I typed in the previous thread ...

In my opinion sending Frasor down sends a message to the team that medioracy isn't going to be excepted this year. Now guys like Chulk, Frasor, & maybe even Towers realize that they're not guaranteed anything ... and the Jays aren't about to wait around for guys to figure things out at the Big League Level.

Frasor has been off this year, his command has not be as good as the last couple years. I remember after he saved a couple games he started to miss his spots really bad, and his curve ball was non-exsitant. After he was demoted from the Closer role he seemed to settle down and pitch a lot better, hopefully this will happen again for Jason.

That being said, McGowan has 17 k's in 12 innnings ... not too shab.

Maldoff - Friday, April 28 2006 @ 06:46 PM EDT (#146020) #
While the move itself doesn't completely shock me (as Frasor has not been good through the spring and early season), the timing of the move is what surprises me. If the Jays had called McGowan up after his first few outings, I could understand, but his recent appearances have not gone very well. While he is striking a lot of batters out, he has been giving up a lot of walks and runs recently, which worries me that his command is not there yet.
Wildrose - Friday, April 28 2006 @ 07:06 PM EDT (#146023) #
I think teams should do more of this, and players should not treat it a a huge negative.

Frasor to me looks to be struggling a lot with his mechanics and a little tune up in the minors can only help. I'm sure Frasor will be back.

Another aspect of this move may be to try to make Frasor into a starter. He would need to add a third pitch to  his fastball/curve combo to have success. He doesn't have negative L/R splits like Chulk or Schoeneweiss, so that may enter into the equation in terms of possibly projecting him as a starter.

Basically I think this is a move to fine tune something with his mechanics.

Named For Hank - Friday, April 28 2006 @ 07:39 PM EDT (#146024) #
According to Gibbons on the radio, the move was mostly because they felt their 'pen was run down and they wanted to add someone fresh for the Yankee series, and so this move will serve two purposes (the other, obviously, is to give Frasor a chance to get things together with no pressure).

I don't know how he looked on TV, but last night Frasor looked mighty uncomfortable.

Geoff - Friday, April 28 2006 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#146026) #
If the assignment isn't to rehab something in his physical health or mechanics, he's probably sent down to get himself set mentally.

He had an awful July last year followed by spectacular August and September records. My estimation is that Frasor has the type of personality that always demands perfection from himself, which is great to drive his development but can be a disaster when things aren't going well.

So this assignment is probably intended to calm him down, ease him off the high he probably entered the season with, and get him in the right frame of mind to succeed. Or maybe it's what Gibbons tells us.

Twilight - Saturday, April 29 2006 @ 11:48 AM EDT (#146047) #
It's unfortunate, but as others have said, I am confident that Frasor will be back. He has not been getting that fastball where he used to, and it doesn't seem like he's got the power either. I saw him pitch a few times at RC last year and he would throw 93-95 mph with the occasional 97. This year he's pretty much 88-92. I think the minor leagues will give him a chance to fine-tune that fastball and get his confidence back up.

Even the best guys struggle. I mean, Brad Lidge was lights out last year for the Astros. This year he has given up 9 runs in 11 innings, posting a 6.38 ERA, and has only been racking up the saves because he's been brought in with a two or three run lead. He is beginning to remind me of the closer the Jays had last year.

That said, I wonder why McGowan started this year in the minors as a reliever as well. Have they completely given up on him as a starter? Just a while ago he was touted as the Jays' top pitching prospect.

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