"This was it for him," manager John Gibbons said. "He'll make that Sunday start in Toronto. We just wanted to give him one more [since] he had a late start."
Toronto is going with a four-man rotation to start the season until Estrada officially joins the ballclub on Sunday. An off-day on Thursday means that he and R.A. Dickey will be able to start against the Red Sox on Friday and Saturday on normal rest.
Estrada signed a two-year contract worth $26 million this offseason after a career season that saw him go 13-8 with a 3.13 ERA in 34 appearances. He tossed a career-high 181 innings during the regular season and then proceeded to make three quality starts in the postseason.
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