Tallet to have next start pushed back

Tallet to have next start pushed back

TORONTO -- After his start Saturday against the Angels, Blue Jays left-hander Brian Tallet reported forearm soreness. He threw 88 pitches in a 5-3 losing effort.

While both Tallet and manager Cito Gaston continued to say the injury is nothing serious, the Blue Jays will push back Tallet's next scheduled start -- originally planned for Friday at Tampa Bay -- and he will now appear on April 26 at home against Boston.

"Tallet is going to be OK," Gaston said. "He's just a little sore, so we'll give him a few more days."

The move forces Ricky Romero -- the Blue Jays' No. 3 starter in the rotation -- to take Tallet's spot against the Rays on Friday. Due to the off-day on Thursday, starters Brandon Morrow and Dana Eveland will remain on their regular five-day routine, appearing against the Rays on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Toronto's No. 1 starter Shaun Marcum will receive an extra day of rest, meaning he will start at home against the Red Sox on April 27.

Gaston had hoped to remain consistent with the schedule he had set forth to start the season, but he understands that altering the rotation could benefit Tallet in the long run.

"We planned to let everyone have an extra day," Gaston said. "We talked about it all spring, but the way it's going to go, it will put a couple guys off [their original schedules]."

Tallet is currently 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA through three starts.