Blue Jays call up pitching prospect Sean Nolin, send Darren Oliver to DL

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Nolin will be making his major league debut Friday after dominating minor league hitters over the past year.

UPDATE: The Blue Jays have sent reliever Darren Oliver to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder to make room on the active roster for Nolin, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. Oliver's DL stint is retroactive to May 19.

Toronto has also transferred J.A. Happ to the 60-day DL, indicating that Nolin could be around a while if things go well for him on the mound.

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ORIGNAL: Sean Nolin, one of the Toronto Blue Jays top pitching prospects, will be called up tomorrow to start against the Baltimore Orioles. Nolin has been pitching for Double-A New Hampshire this season.

R.A. Dickey will follow Nolin on Saturday, with Chad Jenkins taking the mound on Sunday, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Nolin was ranked by John Sickels of Minor League Ball as the Blue Jays fourth best prospect coming into 2013, giving him a B grade. Here is what Sickels had to say about him:

I don't know why this guy doesn't get more attention. He's big (6-5, 235), has a solid fastball, good curve, change coming along, throws strikes, great performance record. Just needs to stay healthy.

Nolin, 23, has dominated the minor leagues since 2012. He spent most of that season at High-A before a bump up to Double-A. Overall, he posted a 2.04 ERA with a 9.6 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9. Those great numbers have continued this year in New Hampshire where he has allowed just two earned runs in his first three starts with a 16:5 K:BB.

Toronto has suffered heavily from injuries in the rotation this season. Currently, Josh Johnson and J.A. Happ are both on the disabled list while Brandon Morrow, Mark Buehrle, and Dickey have all had minor ailments over the year.

The Blue Jays will need to make room on the 40-man roster in addition to the active roster for Nolin, as well. Blue Bird Banter theorizes Russ Ortiz will be designated for assignment to create a space on both.

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