Marcus Stroman called up to start against Kansas City

Blue Jays' Jose Reyes slides in with a leadoff triple under Royals' Danny Valencia's tag on Friday...

Blue Jays' Jose Reyes slides in with a leadoff triple under Royals' Danny Valencia's tag on Friday night. Reyes was left stranded at third as the Jays failed to score. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

After a ragged performance in his most recent outing on Wednesday, the Blue Jays have decided to back off starter Drew Hutchison until Tuesday in Detroit and will summon Marcus Stroman to make his first big-league start Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.

“The plan all along coming in was that we were going to pick some spots and give Hutch a little breather when we could,” said manager John Gibbons. “After his last start, I thought he looked a little bit tired, so this is a perfect time to give him a couple of extra days.”

With the addition of Stroman, the Jays now have six starters in their rotation. They also have a stretch of 25 games in 26 days coming up so they might use a six-man rotation for one turn to try to keep everybody fresh.

“We’re not sure how it’s all going to play out,” said Gibbons.

Liam Hendriks would probably be the odd man out if the Jays decide to go with five in the rotation.


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