J.A. Happ on fringe? Two spots in Jays rotation up for grabs

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ could only record one out against the Twins on Monday, allowing four...

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ could only record one out against the Twins on Monday, allowing four runs on two hits and four walks. (USA TODAY)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

FORT MYERS, FLA. - If the season started tomorrow — which it doesn’t as Hall of Famer manager Dick Williams used to say — who makes up the Blue Jays rotation?

Well, after three starting candidates, including one incumbent, allowed 11 runs in 2â…” innings on seven hits and eight walks, the picture is as murky and muddy as dredging day on the nearby Caloosahatchee River.

“We were allergic to the strike zone,” manager John Gibbons said.

Starter J.A. Happ faced seven men and retired one.

Dustin McGowan allowed three runs in an inning of work.

And Kyle Drabek allowed four runs, three when Kenny Wilson lost a fly ball third out in the sun.

Is there a chance both Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman could open the season in the Jays rotation behind R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow and Mark Buehrle?

Yep. There’s a chance.

There’s a chance of rain and a chance Jays fans will stop fretting about their team’s rotation ... not so fast.

“We need to believe in J.A. Happ,” Edwin Encarnacion said.


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