Patrick Murphy is back, Carl Edwards Jr. to the Injured List, and T.J. Zeuch is starting on Thursday

There’s a whole bunch of deck chair shuffling going on with the Blue Jays pitching staff right now.

The team has activated Patrick Murphy from the 60-day Injured List and he’ll be active for tonight’s game against the Yankees. Murphy has been sidelined all season due to an AC joint injury but pitched very well in Triple-A during his rehab stint. Murphy tossed nine-and-two-thirds innings over seven outings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and five walks while striking out 13.
The hope, of course, is that Murphy can be a solution to the team’s bullpen woes. Last season, he made four appearances, tossing six innings while allowing just one earned run. It certainly isn’t much of a sample size of success, but it’s something different from the disaster the team has been trotting out each night lately.
Murphy’s spot on the 40-man roster comes from Steven Matz, who is currently off the roster due to being placed on the COVID Injured List. That means the Blue Jays will have to DFA somebody when Matz is back, or somebody else will need to be moved to the 60-day IL.
Speaking of Matz, he …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Hutch up, Kask down

I honestly wonder if an actual deck chair from the Titanic might be the best option as Freddie Andersen’s backup, but nevertheless, we’re seeing a bit of a shuffle today…

The @MapleLeafs have recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
Kasimir Kaskisuo has been loaned to the Marlies. pic.twitter.com/ULqSqYeXwM
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 25, 2019
The story on both of these goalies is very similar, absolutely atrocious numbers in the NHL, and both have been lights out in the AHL. Essentially the Leafs are doomed to repeat Garret Sparks over and over again.

Leafs
Marlies

GP
SV%
HDSV%
GSAA
GP
SV%
Hutchinson
6
0.879
0.738
-4.73
3
0.942
Kaskisuo
1
0.842
0.636
-2.35
8
0.928
So what are the Leafs hoping for with this move?
Well, looking at this from a GM’s point of view, Kyle Dubas made the decision to go with Michael Hutchinson as his backup. Through rigid usage in unfavourable situations, Michael Hutchinson was absolutely decimated by his competition, and not supported by his teammates, who weren’t exactly putting forth their best effort under Mike Babcock.
Hutchinson took his demotion and went to work with Sheldon Keefe & company, and did everything right at the AHL level. He picked up 3 wins …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation