ANAHEIM -- The Blue Jays are currently considering their options for the fifth starter's role and Brian Tallet is one of the candidates. On Tuesday night, though, Tallet was roughed up in a Minor League rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Over 1 1/3 innings, Tallet allowed eight runs on nine hits, including two home runs, finishing with one strikeout, one walk and 61 pitches (36 strikes). Tallet, who opened the season as the No. 2 starter for the Blue Jays, has been on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from a left forearm issue since April 18.
The Jays currently are carrying four starters and eight relievers, considering the team does not require a fifth starter until June 1. In fact, due to having five off-days over the next month, the Jays only need a fifth starter three times through June 26. With experience as a starter and as a reliever, Tallet could be an option for the fifth spot.