Jenkins to make second start of season on Sunday

Jenkins to make second start of season on Sunday

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays decided to turn to another young player for Sunday's start in the series finale vs. the Orioles.

Chad Jenkins will make his second start of the season, exactly two weeks after impressing in his first outing against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Although the long stretch in between pitching would typically mean some rust for the starter on the mound, it's something that Jenkins is accustomed to.

"I did it last year," Jenkins said. "There was a couple of times where I had nine or 10 days off. It's tough, but at the same time you enjoy the rest while you have it."

However, manager John Gibbons admitted that the amount of time off has not been ideal.

"That's the tough thing because it's been a couple of weeks," Gibbons said. "If he doesn't pitch tonight [out of the bullpen], he'll have a big long side at the end of the game and he should be good to go."

Jenkins, like Nolin, was injured for the first month of the year, and his previously sore shoulder is actually improving with the rest and bullpen sessions he's had in the last two weeks. His changeup in particular has improved since he's been rehabbing.

Still, the right-hander hasn't seen opposing batters in a long time, and there was some concern that it might take some time to find a feel for his pitches.

Jenkins isn't buying into that theory, and he doesn't really consider himself that type of pitcher.

"My sinker, I just try to throw it around the dish and let it do the work," said Jenkins, who is expected to have a pitch count of 80-90 pitches.

"Whatever [the catcher] puts down, I'm probably going to throw it."

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