There's a fine line between an injured shoulder and one with normal springtime soreness. Blue Jay bullpen candidate Frank Francisco insists his is the latter.

"I don't know if it's really sore," said Francisco, the favourite to win the closer's role with Toronto. "It's just adjusting to spring training. It's getting ready, getting looser.

"It's just me. It's the way I start every year. It's me."

Francisco had asked to slow things down on Monday and on Tuesday he threw on flat ground, more long toss than throwing. He'll do that for the next few days and is expected to go back to the mound on Thursday or Friday.