Off-days give Blue Jays options with rotation

Off-days give Blue Jays options with rotation

Off-days give Blue Jays options with rotation
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are in the process of evaluating their options in the starting rotation, with a pair of off-days coming up in the next six days.

Toronto does not have a game scheduled for either Thursday or Monday, and the ideal situation would see one starter skipped so Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow are not required to go seven days between outings.

The tentative plan is to temporarily go to a four-man rotation, but that ultimately will depend on how both Tuesday and Wednesday's games unfold against the Orioles.

"There's nothing decided yet as we monitor everything," Blue Jays manager John Farrell. "We have the ability to adjust some things over the next week because of the two off-days, but we'll just make sure we come out of the next two days and how guys are feeling physically, both in Ricky and Brandon's case, if we choose to keep them on turn and hold back one of the other guys."

Right-hander Drew Hutchison was originally considered the prime candidate to be skipped, but that may have changed following his seven scoreless innings on Monday night. He is expected to receive strong consideration to make his next start, while right-hander Kyle Drabek could now be on the outs.

Drabek has struggled with his control in recent outings and on Sunday surrendered a career-high nine runs against the Rangers. Toronto could use the time to get Drabek back on track with his mechanics, but a final decision isn't expected until after the series finale vs. Baltimore.