No set pitch limit for starting pitchers

No set pitch limit for starting pitchers

No set pitch limit for starting pitchers
CLEVELAND -- John Farrell will keep a close eye on his starting pitchers for the first week or two of the season, but said the Blue Jays don't have a predetermined pitch limit for each hurler.

Toronto had each of its starters -- with the exception of recently promoted Joel Carreno -- approach the 95-pitch mark during Spring Training. They'll be allowed to throw at least that much during the early stages of the season if the performance on the mound allows it.

"It's more of a range, I wouldn't say there's a drop-dead number, the game, how it unfolds, how taxing certain innings are leading up to the point and time where we're comfortable to the extent of the outing," Farrell said. "But the fact that they've all gone to 95, that's at a minimum [of what] we'd allow a guy to go."

Left-hander Ricky Romero got the start on Opening Day and will be followed by Brandon Morrow, Carreno, Henderson Alvarez and Kyle Drabek.

Carreno's inclusion in the starting five came as a surprise late in camp following the struggles of left-hander Brett Cecil. Carreno didn't throw more than five innings in any outing during the spring and likely will find himself on a shorter leash than the other pitchers.

"Yeah, I feel like I'm ready," said Carreno, who threw 15 2/3 innings last season in Toronto.

"I have a little bit of experience, I've faced a couple of good hitters. Whenever you come up, the guys have more experience than you, they talk to you, they tell you, you have to do this, you have to be careful with the bad pitches ... get in the strike zone as soon as you can."