Report: Blue Jays recalling Pearson as rosters expand for September

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The Toronto Blue Jays are recalling Nate Pearson, their top pitching prospect, from Triple-A Buffalo when rosters expand on Wednesday, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Pearson was expected to be a key member of the Blue Jays' rotation this season, but he's pitched in just one big-league game due to a variety of injuries. He also missed nearly two months in Buffalo because of injuries.

When he returns to the majors, it's likely he will pitch out of the bullpen, adding a potentially lethal arm to a beleaguered Blue Jays relief corps. The 25-year-old has worked exclusively out of the bullpen in Buffalo since returning to action two weeks ago. On Tuesday, he threw a scoreless inning for the Bisons.

Pearson owns a 4.40 ERA and 1.11 WHIP with 44 strikeouts and 13 walks across 12 appearances (six starts) at Buffalo this year.

Joining Pearson as a September call-up to Toronto will be right-hander Bryan Baker, sources told Rosenthal. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season in Triple-A, where he's yet to allow a home run while posting a 1.36 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 33 innings. Baker is not currently on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster.

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