Blue Jays demote struggling Kikuchi to bullpen
Schneider added that he expects Kikuchi to contribute by pitching shorter innings.
"He's a really good pitcher, and he has really good stuff," Schneider said Tuesday when asked about Kikuchi's role with the team moving forward. "And when he's on, he strikes a lot of guys out. At this point in the season, anything is on the table, and (we're) just trying to find the best spot for him."
Kikuchi has posted a 5.25 ERA with 1.51 WHIP over 82 1/3 innings as a starter this season. He signed a three-year, $36-million contract in the offseason following an All-Star campaign with the Seattle Mariners.
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