Blue Jays starters Drew Hutchison and J.A. Happ enjoy solid outings

It appears Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison has a rotation spot locked down. (USA Today)

It appears Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison has a rotation spot locked down. (USA Today)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:07 AM ET

The final two spots in the Blue Jays rotation appear to be rounding into shape.

At the Florida Auto Exchange playpen, right-hander Drew Hutchison turned in an impressive outing against a Boston Red Sox squad that was minus most of its regulars.

Regardless, young Hutchison has opened eyes in the organization since his appearances in the Arizona Fall League and he has continued that trend this spring.

Manager John Gibbons wouldn’t confirm that Hutchison has made the grade but rest assured that unless he is hit by space junk between now and Opening Day, Hutchison will on the 25-man roster as the No. 4 or No. 5 starter.

Meanwhile, at the Jays minor-league complex, J.A. Happ was back on the mound for the first time since March 3 because of lower-back woes.

Over three scoreless innings, Happ allowed one hit, walked one and struck out two.

The results didn’t matter, the big thing was that he reported no flare-up in his back.


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