CHICAGO -- The Blue Jays will not say it, but left-hander Dana Eveland might be pitching on a start-to-start basis at some point. With a wave of pitching prospects on the cusp of the big leagues and a handful of injured arms on the mend, Eveland knows much depends on performance.
"You've got to keep throwing the ball well," Eveland said. "There's plenty of guys in this organization that are hurt, or aren't hurt and are at Triple-A, and guys that are coming back soon. So you've got to take that ball every five days and give it all you've got."
Up to this point, Eveland has been impressive, posting a 3-1 record and a 3.82 ERA through six outings for the Blue Jays. That said, it seems unlikely that young starters Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero or Brett Cecil would be at risk for losing their job. The same might be said for Brandon Morrow, though he has been shaky in spots this year.
Eveland and the rest of the rotation know that the Jays may not need to make any decisions soon, though. The starting rotation has performed well as a whole and there is no real urgency to alter the group. Also, injured lefties Brian Tallet (left forearm) and Marc Rzepczynski (left hand), as well as right-handers Dustin McGowan (right shoulder) and Scott Richmond (right shoulder), do not have announced timetables for return.
Right-handers Jesse Litsch and Shawn Hill -- both coming off right elbow injuries -- are on pace to possibly return some time in June or July. On Thursday, Litsch worked in an extended spring game, allowing five runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Hill logged 2 2/3 innings in an extended spring start on Friday.