DUNEDIN, Fla. — The makeup of the Jays bullpen and who gets slotted where remains up in the air, thanks to the injuries to Frank Francisco (shoulder) and Octavio Dotel (hamstring).
If Francisco can get ready by April 1, he’s the closer followed by set-up roles for a couple of right-handers, Jon Rauch and Jason Frasor.
Shawn Camp can fill a variety of roles but how many lefties make the club is still up in the air as is the fate of a couple of other right-handers, Casey Janssen and Carlos Villanueva.
“Assuming that Frankie has no setbacks the rest of the way and gets those four appearances that we feel will take place — then coming out of camp, he’s our closer,” manager John Farrell said.
“We’re hopeful where we’re in situations where we need a secondary closer, where we’re not going to overtax a guy three nights in a row, Rauch then comes very much into that picture.”
The final outcome won’t be determined until the end of camp.
“There will be a meeting before we leave camp here,” Farrell said. “Once we make the final decision on the roster, we will sit down as a coaching staff, especially Bruce (Walton) and I and Pat (Hentgen) with the whole bullpen and we’ll give them our initial thoughts on certain roles and give some scenarios. We’ll look to go to a second guy to close out some games.”