Alek Manoah is ready to return to the Toronto Blue Jays’ rotation after he was optioned to the minors last month because he was struggling, manager John Schneider said Tuesday.
Manoah is scheduled to start Friday in Detroit, and All-Star Kevin Gausman will have his start delayed one day.
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A first-time All-Star and finalist for the AL Cy Young Award last year, he is 1-7 with a 6.36 ERA in 13 starts after going 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA in 31 starts last season. The 25-year-old right-hander was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Florida Complex League on June 6 after he failed to get out of the first inning against the Houston Astros the day before.
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“We’ve been saying all along that there’s been a pretty good list of things we want to see,” Schneider said. «Small mechanical adjustment. We liked what we saw in terms of comparison to last year versus the start of this year. It’s in a zone.»
On Sunday, Manoah struck out 10 and allowed one run in five innings for Double-A New Hampshire against Portland. Schneider said he will probably rejoin the team on Wednesday.
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«He just wants to win, and talking to him all this time, he just wants to be a part of it and he was frustrated that he wasn’t giving our team a chance to win every time,» Schneider said. «But he wants to be here through the ups and downs.»