It looks like there’s an opening in the Blue Jays’ starting rotation.
Veteran Chase Anderson, who was named as one of Charlie Montoyo’s pencilled-in starting pitchers to open the season, has suffered an oblique strain and it’s unlikely that he’ll be ready for opening day.
Before Anderson got hurt, Montoyo said that his rotation would feature Hyun-Jin Ryu, Anderson, Tanner Roark, and Matt Shoemaker, with Trent Thornton, who led the team in innings pitched last season, leading the pack for the fifth spot. Now, with Anderson out, there’s room for another one of Toronto’s young starters to grab a spot.
Nate Pearson’s name obviously jumps out, given the fact he’s probably already Toronto’s second-best starter behind Ryu. But, as I explained yesterday, Pearson won’t be ready to pitch at the Major League level until at least a week after the regular season has started. It would be a pretty big surprise to see the Jays not do the service time manipulation dance with Pearson at this point.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation