Blue Jays hopeful Dickey can make next start

Blue Jays hopeful Dickey can make next start

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays continue to take a wait-and-see approach with No. 1 starter R.A. Dickey following minor neck and back issues.

Dickey was forced to leave his start on Thursday night after six innings because of tightness in his neck and upper-back area.

The 38-year-old is currently listed as day to day, but the hope remains that Dickey will make his next scheduled start on Tuesday against the Orioles.

"He's feeling a little better today," manager John Gibbons said. "[Saturday] is his side day, we'll get a little better idea."

Dickey first began experiencing the symptoms during his last start against the Royals. The discomfort carried over into his next outing, and he was seen grabbing the affected area multiple times throughout the start.

The discomfort might have been there, but it certainly didn't affect his performance on the mound. Dickey had his best start to date in a Blue Jays' uniform by allowing just two hits while striking out seven in his six scoreless innings.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.