Jays pitchers throw to hitters for first time in camp

Jays pitchers throw to hitters for first time in camp

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays held their first official day of full team workouts on Friday in what can be considered a sign that the regular season is just around the corner.

Toronto put all of its players through a full morning of workouts with a schedule that was concluded with live batting practice. It was the first opportunity for pitchers to throw with hitters in the batter's box after spending the past week working exclusively in side sessions.

R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow, Esmil Rogers, Dustin McGowan, Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek were among those who got some work in with another group scheduled to throw on Saturday.

"To be honest, they all look really good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "I saw Dickey, I was primarily over there to watch [Erik] Kratz catch him and he looked really good. Better than he has been in the bullpen with him.

"I was limited in the number of guys I saw but it goes back to the day we started, they seem locked in. We have some pretty good arms down there but until we start playing games it's really tough to tell."

The Blue Jays are set to open their Grapefruit League season on Wednesday with a game against the Phillies. Toronto has yet to announce its pitching schedule for the upcoming exhibition games but that news is expected to be released either Saturday or Sunday.

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.