There has been ongoing concern throughout the year about whether right-hander Drew Hutchison will tire down the stretch after missing last season with Tommy John surgery. That prompted a couple of questions about possibly skipping Hutchison, but manager John Gibbons quickly shot down that notion.
"They all need a day off," Gibbons said. "Hutch has been good against Baltimore, too. Let's face it, we have our five guys, we have to roll with it and they could all use an extra day."
Hutchison has struggled since the break with 12 earned runs over 12 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .351 with a .965 OPS against him, but he'll look to turn things around during the upcoming series vs. the Orioles.
Even though Toronto won't make any changes for this upcoming off-day, that doesn't mean there won't be some adjustments in the relatively near future. The Blue Jays have five off-days this month, including three in an eight-day span from Aug. 14-21.
The Blue Jays likely could skip a starter or two from a group that includes R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman and Hutchison.
"We can look at it then, at this point I don't know why we'd want to do that with Stro," Gibbons said. "But that's the time we can do it, right now they all need it."
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.