Happ is latest Blue Jays pitcher to have shaky outing

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ talks with catcher Dioner Navarro on Wednesday. In 2.2 innings against...

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ talks with catcher Dioner Navarro on Wednesday. In 2.2 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies, Happ allowed three runs on three hits --” a bases loaded double in the second -- walked four and struck out two. (VERONICA HENRI/QMI Agency)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - For manager John Gibbons, waiting for a starting candidate to emerge and take a step forward is like Waiting for Godot.

We’re not sure if Gibbons identifies with either Vladimir or Estragon of Samuel Beckett’s famous play, but wait he must for someone, anyone to emerge.

On Tuesday in Lakeland against the Detroit Tigers, Ricky Romero couldn’t find the plate and Marcus Stroman got pounded. This morning, both were dispatched to minor-league camp.

In the big-league game later in the day, J.A. Happ took the mound for the Jays.

Happ has been pencilled in as the No. 4 starter but that pencil might have an eraser, which means Gibbons could rub his name out and go with someone else, someone such as the not flashy but more-effective Todd Redmond, who will make the start Friday against Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte.

Happ can safely be said to be on the ropes right now as far as earning a rotation spot and is one soft tap on the jaw to being knocked out.


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