Thurman, making his first start of the year and just the second of his career, will take the mound as the Blue Jays continue a weekend series with the Anaheim Angels at Edison Field.
Thurman, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, will take over for John Wasdin, who failed miserably in his turn as Toronto’s fifth starter as he was pounded for 13 runs and 16 hits over five innings in three appearances, including two starts.
Thurman, a 24-year-old right-hander, yielded one run and five hits over 6 1-3 innings in three relief outings for the Blue Jays from July 10-20. He is 5-3 with a 4.46 ERA in 14 starts at Syracuse this season.
“Corey’s been throwing the ball pretty well in Triple-A. When we brought him up here those other times, it was basically because we didn’t have a long man,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.
“Basically, you take a guy who’s been a starter and has innings under his belt, then slide him into that slot in your bullpen if you don’t have a rotation spot for him.”
The Angels ended Toronto ace Roy Halladay’s 15-game winning streak Friday, posting a 5-0 victory in the series opener.
Anaheim ended a three-game losing streak while handing Toronto its 21st loss in 29 games.
STANDINGS: Blue Jays - 3rd place, 13 GB, AL East. Angels - 3rd place, 13 1/2 GB, AL West.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Thurman (0-0, 1.42 ERA). Thurman, who made 43 appearances, including one start, for Toronto last year, has tossed 6 2-3 scoreless innings in four career appearances against Anaheim.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Jarrod Washburn (8-10, 4.68 ERA). Washburn is winless in three starts, but was brilliant in Anaheim’s 2-1 loss to Oakland on Tuesday. The left-hander allowed four hits, while striking out a season high-tying seven, over seven scoreless innings. Washburn is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Blue Jays - Carlos Delgado, .309 avg., 31 HRs, 106 RBIs and 86 runs; Bobby Kielty, 6 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .312 avg., 24 HRs and 87 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 58 runs; Adam Kennedy, 15 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Blue Jays, 5-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Blue Jays - 1B Delgado was back at first Friday after playing four games at DH due to sore knees. … RHP Wasdin was sent to Syracuse to make room for RHP Thurman. … Thurman has made just one road appearance this season, tossing two innings of scoreless relief. Angels - 1B Scott Spiezio snapped an 0-for-22 slump with a single in his final at-bat Friday. … LHP Washburn is 3-6 with a 4.52 ERA in 11 home starts this year. … The Angels are 1-3 on their six-game homestand.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blue Jays - 29-24 on the road; Angels - 30-26 at home.
INJURIES: Blue Jays - RHP Pete Walker (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL. Angels - INF Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.