Frank Francisco remains the Blue Jays' closer of choice, but that designation may be up for review at a moment's notice. Francisco failed to hold a one-run lead for Ricky Romero in the ninth inning Tuesday. Manager John Farrell gave him an endorsement Wednesday, though it came across as somewhat lukewarm. "We haven't anointed anyone else," Farrell said, "yet we still have other options to close. Frank is still looked upon as a guy who will finish out games in the ninth inning. If availability or matchups prove otherwise, then we've got other options, that being (Octavio) Dotel, (Jason) Frasor or (Jon) Rauch." Farrell doesn't see velocity or pitch movement as a problem but Francisco's command within the strike zone has been flawed.
Francisco still the closer
Toronto Sun | May 26