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"Yeah, we do expect Loupy back," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday.
Loup's return is rather crucial to a bullpen that is currently without the services of Brett Cecil. The veteran lefty was one of the elite setup men in the American League during the second half of the season but he is unavailable for the ALCS because of a torn left calf muscle. Cecil said he hopes to be back by the World Series if Toronto advances.
The 27-year-old Loup appeared in two games vs. Texas in the ALDS and retired all three batters he faced. During the regular season, he posted a 4.46 ERA over 42 1/3 innings and he likely would be used exclusively against Kansas City's lefties.
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.