TORONTO -- It went from unlikely, to uncertain, to undoubtedly -- the Blue Jays have finally settled upon using a five-man rotation until the All-Star break.
After throwing a stellar 5 2/3 inning shutout against the Rays on Tuesday, it appears Brian Tallet is the lucky recipient of a few more starts in the Jays' rotation. Jesse Litsch, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, was thought to be called up to fill the No. 5 spot, but manager Cito Gaston said he would like to see more consistency from Litsch at Triple-A Las Vegas before he rejoins the big league club.
With four off-days in June, Gaston acknowledges that the extra days of rest may disrupt his starters' rhythm, but said in the long run it will benefit the club.
"[I have put] a lot of thought into it," Gaston said. "The guys are going to be thrown off quite a bit, but we're trying to get them through the whole season.
"You got one guy coming off Tommy John, you don't want anyone else to come out with it. We're just trying to protect the young guys here, and some of them are going to have seven days, some will have six days. That's just the way the month of June is going to be."
Tallet's next start will be Tuesday against the Rays.