A new face will take the mound Saturday for the Toronto Blue Jays as recent call-up Yariel Rodriguez is set to make his MLB debut.

Following a brutal 12-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday, manager John Schneider confirmed that Rodriguez would get the start in the second game of the three-game series.

Rodriguez was called up before Friday’s game and added to the team’s taxi squad. Schneider said that there were “some different scenarios” the team was looking at for Saturday’s start depending on how things shook out in the opening game of the series.

He’ll take the place of Bowden Francis who was originally scheduled to take the mound. Francis, however, has struggled to start the season, as his first two major-league starts against the Astros and Yankees went poorly, with 12 earned runs allowed in just 8.1 total innings. He struck out 12, but allowed 12 hits, including four home runs, while walking four.

In two starts with triple-A Buffalo this season, Rodriguez has yet to give up a run in 6.1 innings and has only surrendered one hit. He has 10 strikeouts in that time.

The 27-year-old was signed to a five-year, $32-million contract by the Blue Jays in the off-season.

First pitch against the Rockies on Saturday is at 3:07 p.m. ET / 12:07 p.m. PT. You can watch the game on Sportsnet or Sportsnet+.

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