2016 World Series champion and dinosaur museum enthusiast Carl Edwards Jr. has had a rough ride the last few years. In 2019, the “String Bean Slinger” posted a 5.87 ERA over 20 appearances for the Chicago Cubs and was traded to the San Diego Padres for Brad Wieck. Edwards would appear in just two games for the Padres, allowing six runs in 1.2 IP. In 2020, “Carl’s Jr.” signed with the Seattle Mariners but spent much of the pandemic-shortened season on the injured list. After being outrighted by the M’s, he elected free agency and signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta franchise. Earlier this month, Edwards was activated by Atlanta and appeared in one game. He surrendered three earned runs in 0.1 IP against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7th, which resulted in being designated for assignment.
Since then, Edwards was acquired by the injury-plagued Toronto Blue Jays, who are yet again seeking additional pitching depth. He has made four scoreless appearances for AAA Buffalo, with three strikeouts and no walks in 4.0 IP. This earned him an activation by Toronto ahead of Sunday’s double-header against Cleveland. Edwards was excited to have a chance to pitch at Progressive Field again after his last appearance there, which played a part in the Cubs’ historic World Series victory.
World Series Champion @CEdwardsSBS is a Blue Jay!
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 30, 2021
The Jays were able to get some length out of their starters in Sunday’s double-header, so Edwards did not make his Jays debut this weekend. The team will head home for two games against Miami starting on Tuesday night at 7:07 PM ET. This will be followed by a weekend series against Houston. Given Edwards’ recent history, it’s not likely we will see him in a high-leverage situation until he either earns the trust of Jays manager Charlie Montoyo or there are no other options available, which could definitely be a possibility against the Ass-tros.
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