He bends and battles and scrapes and claws his way through his games as a rookie pitcher trying to find his niche at the Major League level.

But Kyle Drabek rarely breaks and it is that trait that has made an impression on John Farrell, the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

"To me it's a trademark of a winner," Farrell said after watching the 23-year-old bull his way through another start Friday night against the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre.

"He's got the ability to win and he's got the tenacity to pitch through tight spots, avoiding a crooked number."

After three consecutive setbacks, Toronto's 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox was a big lift for a reeling team that continues to be hounded by injury.

After the game, the Blue Jays announced that John McDonald, who has been nagged by a sore right hamstring for a couple of weeks, is being placed on the 15-day disabled list.