Sean Nolin, scratched from his scheduled start Thursday for double-A New Hampshire, is expected to be called up by the Toronto Blue Jays and make his big-league debut on Friday against the Baltimore Orioles. The 23-year-old left-hander has been on the club’s big-league radar since returning from a groin injury earlier this month and since a rough first outing – one watched by GM Alex Anthopoulos – he’s thrown 12 shutout innings with 13 strikeouts in two subsequent games. A sixth-round pick in 2010, Nolin actually received consideration for a call up last season, when he went 9-0 with a 2.19 ERA in 17 games, 15 starts, for single-A Dunedin, and 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in three starts for New Hampshire. Nolin had been scheduled to pitch Thursday, but he and 2012 first round selection Marcus Stroman both had their starts pushed back with left-hander Matt Wright taking the ball instead. Both Nolin and Stroman were still with the Fisher Cats in Portland as of Thursday morning, according to the team. The Blue Jays would have to create roster space to promote Nolin. The left-hander is not presently on the active roster or the 40-man roster. Chad Jenkins had also been a candidate to start for the Blue Jays Friday after making a successful spot start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. However, Jenkins has not pitched in a game since May 12.
Nolin expected to start for Blue Jays Friday
Sportsnet | May 23