KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Toronto Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup was available for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night after missing the previous game due to a family matter.
Loup, who has a 4.50 earned-run average in four appearances this post-season, has been available on a limited basis in the playoffs. The 27-year-old left-hander hasn't pitched since a Game 2 defeat last Saturday.
"I don't think you're going to see him with the game on the line," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said before Game 6. "I wouldn't expect that but you don't know how the game is going to lay out either."
Blue Jays left-hander David Price was scheduled to start against Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura.
Gibbons said it was "somewhat" of an all-hands-on-deck relief situation with his team needing a victory to force a seventh game on Saturday night. He added that it's possible Marcus Stroman — currently tabbed as the Game 7 starter — could be used out of the bullpen depending on the situation.
Most relievers are available for Game 6 after the off-day Thursday.
Loup is a valuable option as the lone southpaw in the bullpen since Brett Cecil is out with a calf injury. Loup was 2-5 in the regular season with a 4.46 ERA over 60 appearances.
Right-hander Johnny Cueto is tabbed as the Game 7 starter for the Royals.
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Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press