With Johnson rehabbing, Jenkins likely to fill rotation

With Johnson rehabbing, Jenkins likely to fill rotation

TORONTO -- Toronto has recently been playing things day by day when it comes to its fourth and fifth men in the rotation.

Because the rainout in New York on Sunday pushed everyone back a day, the next time the Blue Jays have a decision to make is Friday, when the Orioles come to town.

However, don't expect Josh Johnson to be a part of that discussion.

"From what he's coming off of, I don't think he'd be the guy Friday," manger John Gibbons said of his rehabbing starter.

Johnson, who has been out since April 21 because of soreness in his right triceps muscle, made his first rehab start Monday for Class A Advanced Dunedin.

The Blue Jays' righty struck out five and walked none over three innings.

Chad Jenkins, who got called up a couple of weeks ago, was expected to pitch just five frames in his first start, something that Johnson might realistically be able to push in his next rehab start.

But it will most likely be Jenkins who gets the call for his second start of the season.

"Right now we're looking at Jenkins, but that could change, too," Gibbons said. "We'll have him throw out of the bullpen the next couple of days and see where we're at."

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.