Blue Jays' Happ shut down with injury

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ warms up for the first inning against the Toronto Blue...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ warms up for the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training exhibition game at Bright House Field. (David Manning/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

After two inconsistent starts, J.A. Happ has been ordered to rest his sore back for a few days before resuming his preparation for the season.

Penciled in as the team’s fourth starter, Happ has been dealing with stiffness in his back almost from the start of the Grapefruit League season 11 days ago. The Blue Jays believe that the ailment is affecting the command of his pitches. The injury appears to have opened up the door a crack for someone — Marcus Stroman? — to grab a spot in the rotation.

“We just want to let him get healed up,” said manager John Gibbons.

“It shouldn’t be too long. Hopefully nip it in the bud.”

Happ, who did not show up at the ballpark Friday after being told he was being shut down for a few days, would have preferred to pitch through the discomfort he is feeling. The Jays, however, insisted he back off.


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