Schultz better prepared for Blue Jays return

Schultz better prepared for Blue Jays return

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Blue Jays added reinforcement to their bullpen Friday morning when they recalled right-hander Bo Schultz from Triple-A Buffalo. Schultz took the roster spot that was vacated when Scott Copeland was optioned to Buffalo on Thursday night.

Schultz, 29, has appeared in just four games in the Majors. The Texas native pitched in four games last year for the D-backs, posting an 0-1 record with a 7.88 ERA in eight innings. He was selected on a waiver claim by the Blue Jays in October.

Schultz had a 2-1 record with seven saves and a 1.69 ERA in 16 games for Buffalo prior to his promotion, and believes he's more prepared for the big leagues than he might have been in the past.

"Last time, I think I let the excitement kind of take over a little bit," Schultz said. "You need to have that little degree of extra excitement in order to perform, especially when the adrenaline gets a little stronger than you want it to be. Right now, it's kind of a little more comfortable.

"It's kind of weird to say, but coming back up another time is definitely a little easier. The excitement is the exact same, the anticipation is the exact same, but being a little more comfortable will hopefully bode well and be much better this time around."

Copeland, a rookie, made two scoreless appearances for Toronto prior to being sent back to Buffalo. The 27-year-old right-hander has gone 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six starts for Buffalo this season.

"He just wasn't pitching, so bring up another power arm," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We don't really have a true long man, but [Ryan] Tepera can throw some innings. We should be fine. Cope's still in the plans, but our starting pitching had been pitching so well so there weren't [opportunities]. He'll help us again."

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.