Few spots open on healthy Blue Jays roster

Mark Buehrle was the only starting pitcher on the Blue Jays' 2013 opening-day roster to go...

Mark Buehrle was the only starting pitcher on the Blue Jays' 2013 opening-day roster to go injury-free. Buehrle, not surprisingly, says a healthy rotation is key for the Jays this season. (Jonathan Dyer/USA Today Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

DUNEDIN - Only bad things can happen during the first two weeks of training camp and in that respect, the Blue Jays can say the first 14 days of their 2014 spring training have been an unqualified success.

Amazingly, given their recent history, they remain injury-free as they head into the Grapefruit League season Wednesday, with their first exhibition game in Clearwater against the Philadelphia Phillies. Now the culling begins.

Over the next five weeks they’ll attempt to sort through a variety of competitions to establish the opening day 25-man roster. There is one job open in the starting rotation. They need to find some stability at second base. There is a competitive situation with regard to the backup catcher spot. Ditto for the backup outfielder and also for the backup infielder. They have a crowded group of quality relievers in the bullpen to sort through.


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