CINCINNATI -- The Blue Jays are taking extra precautions to make sure their starting rotation doesn't run out of gas during the latter stages of the 2014 season.
Toronto promoted right-hander Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Buffalo to make a spot start for Friday night's game vs. the Reds. The biggest beneficiary of the move is R.A. Dickey, who was bumped back to Sunday as he recovers from a minor groin injury.
"I think it's going to better serve us throughout the whole year when we pick a spot here and there and we give those guys an extra day," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We have some off-days coming that will allow us to do that.
"[Hendriks] was coming to pitch this series regardless, but with Dickey and the groin deal the other day, it allows us to back him up and give him an extra couple of days. But Hendriks was coming here anyways, it wasn't strictly to give Dickey a break."
Gibbons has never taken this approach before, but he pointed to the ages of Dickey (39) and Buehrle (35) as one reason why. Then there's also the fact that Hutchison missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery and will continue to have his overall workload closely monitored.