Blue Jays' J.A. Happ gets rocked by Pirates

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had another rough outing on Tuesday, allowing seven runs in three...

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ had another rough outing on Tuesday, allowing seven runs in three innings as the Jays lost 22-5 to the Pirates in spring training action. (Jonathan Dyer/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

BRADENTON, FLA. - And then there were two.

In a quest to uncover a fifth starter for their rotation, the Blue Jays are now down to Todd Redmond and Dustin McGowan.

It’s not official, of course, but following the results on two different fronts on Tuesday, it is the only sane conclusion that can be reached.

In what turned out to be a day of sunshine after a morning of pounding rain, J.A. Happ’s bid for a spot went up in smoke in a brutal public mugging versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This day was Happ’s “Carpe Diem” to put a grip on a rotation spot, but seize the day he did not.

Instead, it was one ball struck on the nose after another, 12 hits and seven runs in three innings plus two batters, a performance and result that was almost too horrifying to watch.

Even the outs Happ recorded were balls that were crushed. The Jays wound up losing 22-5.


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