Jays' Jo-Jo on the clock

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

ARLINGTON — For the moment, Jo-Jo Reyes is still in the Blue Jay rotation, but the key phrase there is “for the moment.”

Blue Jay manager John Farrell said Thursday he’s planning for Reyes to make his next start in Tampa as scheduled.

Then again, Tuesday is a long way away.

Reyes has not pitched well. Three of his five starts have been of three innings or less, including his most recent in Texas on Wednesday when he gave up six runs, albeit all of them unearned.

“We could have skipped him,” said Farrell. “We haven’t had, at this point, internal discussions to go in another direction. I’m not going to say that’s pending.

“But we’re open to looking at the best situation that makes us competitive night in and night out. We have to balance that by understanding it is April and we want to give the other guys in the rotation an extra day’s rest. It’s not an ideal situation, but one where we’ll look to take the best approach as we go forward.”

Carlos Villanueva, who has been forced to pick up Reyes in all three of those short outings, is an option to take his place.

“I think he’s very well aware of the situation he’s in,” said Farrell. “We’re certainly well aware of it.”

WALKIN’ MAN

Jose Bautista was on base four of five plate appearances Thursday. He has now reached base in 21 of 22 games this year and leads the American League in on-base percentage at .529, almost 100 points more than his nearest pursuer, Miguel Cabrera. He leads the majors in walks, with 26.

A WIN, FRANKLY

Frank Francisco picked up his first win of the season, working 1 1/3 innings. It was his first win since last June 24, when he was a member of the Rangers.

BEAT GOES ON

When Adam Lind homered in the first inning, it marked the 15th straight game in which the Jays have hit at least one homer against the Rangers. Toronto has hit 33 home runs in those 15 games.


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