Hendriks will get the start on Tuesday in the series opener at Detroit. R.A. Dickey and J.A. Happ will follow before the Blue Jays return home for an Interleague series vs. the Cardinals.
"At this moment, yes," manager John Gibbons said of moving forward with a five-man rotation.
It's technically hard to argue with Hendriks' numbers. Through two starts, he has allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over 11 2/3 innings. He recorded a quality start in a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Wednesday night and has done enough to keep the Blue Jays in both of the games he pitched.
The problem is that the pitching lines have also been deceiving. During the outing vs. Tampa Bay, Hendriks got seven of his outs on fly balls hit to the warning track. There was also a shot into the second deck by Desmond Jennings that went just foul, a double off the wall by Matt Joyce and a two-run homer off the bat of Wil Myers.
There also was a series of spectacular plays made by the Blue Jays' defense that kept the game tied at 2 until the ninth inning. In other words, the start could have gone a whole lot differently if not for a series of events that worked in Hendriks' favor.
"I thought early on he wasn't using his offspeed pitch enough," Gibbons said. "He has a pretty good changeup. As a starter, I think he has to flip his curveball in there and I don't think he was doing that enough early on. Then, he started doing it and I thought he was better.
"But some games are like that. He's a contact guy, he's going to give up hits, he's going to barrel some balls, but we played some kind of defense and that was the difference."
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.