Jo-Jo a 'bad S.O.B.'

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:16 PM ET

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jo-Jo Reyes: One bad dude.

That’s the image that Reyes, who will open up as the No. 4 starter in the Blue Jays rotation, wants to project each and every time he comes to the mound.

Reyes, as did Kyle Drabek and Jesse Litsch, got the news that they all made the rotation on Wednesday due to the elbow tightness that will put Brandon Morrow on the disabled list for the opening week of the season.

Reyes celebrated the news in style Wednesday at Tampa against the Yankees as in six innings plus two batters of work, he allowed two runs on three hits.

“Hard work paid off and there’s still a lot of work to go,” Reyes said. “The season hasn’t even started yet so I’ve got to take it one pitch at a time.”

What about that bad due thing?

“Once you take that mound you want to be a bad S.O.B. out there, you take the ball and be the guy where nobody’s going to beat you,” he said.

This spring, Reyes has been that guy. In five appearances, including three starts, he has allowed just nine hits over 19 innings, walked five, struck out 12 and sports a 3.32 ERA.


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