Following their most recent frustrating waste of time (entertaining game though!) the Jays have announced some changes to the makeup of their starting rotation.
Josh Johnson– according to Mike Wilner on the radio–was “tight” in the forearm following his last start and is going to get a little bit of extra rest, having his start pushed back two days to Wednesday. “We don’t think it’s a big deal,” says John Gibbons in his post-game media conference.
J.A. Happ will pitch tomorrow, which after Thursday’s off-day puts him on regular rest. Gibby also said something about his grandfather passing away, the implication being that this gives him the chance to make his start and leave the team to attend the memorial service.
Esmil Rogers, meanwhile, is headed back to the bullpen, as the bloom is long off his rose, after seeing his ERA improve from 3.12 following his June 29th start– his fifth of the year– to 5.12 following Friday’s seven run disasterpiece. Taking his place in the rotation will be Todd Redmond, who returns from Buffalo having put up 31 strikeouts and only 8 walks in 24.2 innings over five starts (4.38 ERA, though) since unceremoniously being optioned down by the Jays [Update: Hmmm... no, that's not right. Damn it, those are his numbers with the Jays. I just looked at his last split on BR's page for him and lazily threw it in here, assuming that's what he'd done since he went down. Obviously not right-- and actually, by the looks of it, he hasn't pitched since the demotion. Which also seems kinda odd].
So… yeah. Sounds about right, unless you were really pining for the club to bring up Sean Nolin or Marcus Stroman. But I’m sure that’s not going to be terribly far off anyway, at this point. 2013, you guys!
Mark Buehrle, for the record, will go on Thursday. And there’s no word on the reciprocal move for Redmond’s recall, but it’ll either be Mickey Storey getting sent down from the bullpen, or J.A. Happ being placed on the bereavement list.