If they could play baseball as well as they juggle the lineup, they would be in pretty good shape instead of looking up from the bottom of the American League East.
The latest development comes with the major-league debut of left-hander Sean Nolin, who was scheduled to make his major-league debut against the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre. Nolin was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire.
Right-hander Chad Jenkins who has not seen action since he pitched five innings in a win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, was the tentative starter for Friday.
With Nolin's promotion, Jenkins was scheduled to start Sunday in the finale of the four-game series against the Orioles. Jenkins also was promoted from New Hampshire and, like Nolin, began the minor-league season on the disabled list.
Right-hander Ramon Ortiz, who is 1-2 in three starts since his recall from Triple-A Buffalo, turned 40 Thursday.
All of these are temporary moves that were made necessary by injuries to right-hander Josh Johnson and left-hander J.A. Happ.
Johnson is the closer of those two to making a return to Toronto. He was scheduled to make his second minor-league rehabilitation start with Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday. He could have one more minor-league start before rejoining his start, but the Blue Jays have not been afraid to rush players this season so you never know.
And when Johnson does return, and ultimately Happ, the revolving will continue, as if it ever stops.
NEXT: Orioles (Freddy Garcia, 0-2, 4.84) at Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey, 4-5, 4.50)
RHP R.A. Dickey will try for his third win in a row on Saturday when he faces the Baltimore Orioles in the third game of a four-game series. He won his fourth game of the season with a season-best eight-inning start against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 20, allowing four hits, four walks and three runs (two earned) while striking out five in the 7-5 victory. Over his past three starts he has lowered his ERA from 5.36 to 4.50.
LHP Darren Oliver (left shoulder strain) was put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19. It means RHP Steve Delabar and LHP Brett Cecil could find more use in the eighth inning, Oliver's usual spot. Manager John Gibbons said before Friday's game that Oliver will have an MRI but at this stage the problem did not seem serious. Gibbons had not been able to use Oliver in recent days because the shoulder was sore. "At this stage of my career, if I can't go out there and pitch the way I want to, I'm going to go ahead and be smart," Oliver said.
LHP J.A. Happ has been moved to the 60-day disabled list on Friday as he recovers from injuries after taking a ball in the head during a game at Tropicana Field on May 7. The move made room on the 40-man roster for LHP Sean Nolin. He sprained his right knee as he fell after the ball hit him on the left side of his head, leaving him with a skull fracture. The fracture is doing well but the knee has been troublesome and he will wear a knee brace when he takes the mound. "He's just waiting for the knee to recover enough where he can start doing some things," manager John Gibbons said. "His head's fine, though."
3B Brett Lawrie and manager John Gibbons were ejected by plate umpire Dan Bellino after Lawrie was called out on a third strike to end the third inning. Lawrie slammed his helmet into the ground near home plate and as he walked toward third base threw his batting gloves behind him toward home plate. It was Lawrie's first ejection of the season and the third for Gibbons. "I didn't do anything," Lawrie said. "I didn't say one word to him, not one. I didn't look at him one time and I'm in trouble for that. When I was walking to my position, taking my batting gloves off, my only thing was that I was going to throw my batting gloves behind me so the bat boy could come pick up my stuff and take it to the dugout. Apparently he took that the wrong way and decided to throw me out." Said Gibbons: "Next time he's got to throw his gloves in the other direction, I guess." Said crew chief Wally Bell to a pool reporter on Bellino's behalf: "It was a called strike three, he threw down his helmet and his bat, and was given an equipment fine by the home plate umpire. As he walked away, in his opinion, he flipped the gloves back in a bad manner and that will get an ejection. That's what it was. He threw them back toward Danny in a way that wasn't etiquette in baseball and he was ejected for it."
LHP Sean Nolin had a short major-league debut, allowing seven hits, one walk and six runs in 1 1/3 innings in a 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. He was returned to Class-AA New Hampshire on option after the game. It equaled the shortest outing my a Blue Jays starter in his major-league debut (RHP Mike Darr, Sept. 6, 1977, and RHP Jeff Ware Sept. 2, 1995, who also gave up six runs). "Definitely not the way I envisioned it," Nolin said. "I think I just had too much energy going. I kind of felt like I already threw a few innings, kind of wasted some gas without doing anything. I felt all right in the bullpen but definitely once I got out there it wasn't my best. I didn't have too much life. I had chills going through the body. Something I've always wanted to do. It was exciting to be out there, that's for sure."
RF Jose Bautista hit three singles in Friday's 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles and has reached base safely in 13 of his past 18 plate appearances. He has reached base safely in 25 of his past 29 games. In his past 10 games, he is batting .417 (15-for-36) with four homers and 10 RBIs.
"It was a tough go for him, no question."—Manager John Gibbons on LHP Sean Nolin's short major-league debut.
LHP Darren Oliver (left shoulder strain) was put on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19
RHP Josh Johnson (right triceps inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 29. An MRI showed only inflammation. Johnson began a rehab assignment with Class A Dunedin on May 20 and is scheduled to pitch May 25 with Triple-A Buffalo.
OF Rajai Davis (left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 11.
LHP J.A. Happ (sprained right knee, skull fracture, lacerated left ear) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8 and moved to the 60-day DL on May 24. Tests indicated he did not sustain a concussion after taking a line drive to the head May 7. He is expected to be out until early to mid-June.
RHP Sergio Santos (triceps strain, bone chips in elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 15. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list May 19. He had successful surgery May 16 to remove bone chips and shave bone spurs. He is expected to be out until late June.
SS Jose Reyes (severe left ankle sprain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 13, and he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on April 23. He was out of the walking boot in mid-May and about to begin jogging. His expected return date is July.
RHP Dustin McGowan (right shoulder surgery in August 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 9. He began a rehab assignment May 14 with Class A Dunedin, and he moved his rehab to Triple-A Buffalo on May 18.
RHP Kyle Drabek (Tommy John surgery in June 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 27. He isn't expected to return before midseason.
RHP Drew Hutchison (Tommy John surgery in August 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 22. He isn't expected to return until late in the season.
LHP Luis Perez (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 23. He probably won't be available until late in the season.
RHP R.A. Dickey
RHP Brandon Morrow
LHP Mark Buehrle
RHP Ramon Ortiz
RHP Chad Jenkins
LHP Sean Nolin
RHP Casey Janssen (closer)
LHP Brett Cecil
RHP Steve Delabar
LHP Aaron Loup
RHP Esmil Rogers
RHP Brad Lincoln
1B Edwin Encarnacion
2B Emilio Bonifacio
SS Munenori Kawasaki
3B Brett Lawrie
INF Adam Lind
INF Maicer Izturis
INF Mark DeRosa
LF Melky Cabrera
CF Colby Rasmus
RF Jose Bautista
OF Anthony Gose