Jays skip tips his rotation hand

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:49 PM ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Manager John Farrell has been tight-lipped concerning the makeup and order of his rotation this spring but prior to Thursday’s rain-delayed game against the Twins, he more or less tipped his hand.

The question that led to the divine revelation concerned what type of pitcher he would like to have throwing between Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil, the two lefties in the rotation that are sure things.

“To say who’s one, who’s two and three and so on, I don’t know where we’re at the point of designating those guys or are really ready to announce our opening day starter,” Farrell started off Thursday. “But at the same time you look to arrive at some kind of contrast of style, to split up the lefties that have effective changeups, yeah, you’d like to get some power (Brandon Morrow) in between those two.

“We’d also like to get a power arm in the five spot (Kyle Drabek) preceding Ricky (the No. 1 starter) the next time through, or whoever that might be (too late, the rabbit’s out of the hat).

“You always look to, going into a three-game series, forcing some need to adjust by the opponent.”

So, there you have it. Romero should be the opening-day starter. No surprise there.

He will be followed by Morrow, then Cecil, then Litsch, or whomever, and then Drabek.

So it is written, so it shall be.


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