Picture forming of Blue Jays squad that will start season

Starter J.A. Happ is determined to show he belongs on the Blue Jays rotation. (David Manning/USA...

Starter J.A. Happ is determined to show he belongs on the Blue Jays rotation. (David Manning/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - Happy birthday, Cito Gaston — and may your Irish eyes be smiling.

It was a rainy day on the gulf coast this St. Paddy’s Day, so it was just as well that the Blue Jays had the day off — their final off-day this spring.

With just 12 games remaining on their spring schedule, including the final two against the New York Mets that will be played in Montreal on March 28 and 29, it is time to give an update on the six areas of concern the Jays had at the start of spring training.

The biggest question mark — and it is the same in every major-league camp — was health: As in, could the Jays stickhandle through the spring injury-free?

“Health is the No. 1 issue,” veteran starter Mark Buehrle told Ken Fidlin back in February when camp opened. “We’ve got to have guys healthy and out there all year. If not, I don’t think we can win the division or be up there competing near the end of the season.”


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