The smile on Kyle Drabek's face said it all.

The goal of the 23-year-old right-hander entering spring training was to earn a spot in the Blue Jays rotation.

On Wednesday, Drabek achieved his goal, albeit that he along with Jo-Jo-Reyes and Jesse Litsch more or less all backed into the rotation by virtue of the elbow inflammation that has knocked Brandon Morrow to the sidelines.

Two of the above three would have earned their way for the final two spots but now all three are as good as gold for the first spin through the rotation.

Drabek, the key acquisition in the trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies two seasons back, came up at the end of last season - ironically enough to take the spot of Morrow who had been shut down for the season to keep his number of innings under 150 (146 2/3).

After going 14-9 with a crisp 2.94 ERA in 27 starts at double-A New Hampshire, Drabek went 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA in three starts for the Jays.