Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ started more than 20 games each of the past two seasons, but he is unlikely to land a spot in Toronto's new-look rotation, manager John Gibbons tells SportsNet.ca. "Happ really deserves to be starting on a major-league club out there, here he's the odd man out," Gibbons said. "We're built differently, especially via the trades. He can still help us in the 'pen, he can be valuable down there, and the thinking is if that's going to help us more, we'll leave him in the bullpen. If for some reason no, he can go back down to Triple-A and at least get some innings in." Happ, 30, was traded to the Blue Jays from the Houston Astros in July as part of a 10-player trade. He was 3-2 with a 4.46 ERA and 46 strikeouts in six starts with Toronto before he was shut down with a fractured right foot. But the Blue Jays traded for National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and two other former All-Stars, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, during the offseason. The three are expected to join Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero in the Jays' rotation. "It's a situation that's there, kind of the elephant in the room, but at the same time, I'm trying my best not to think about it and just go along, you never know what happens. I plan on proving I'm valuable," Happ said. "(Gibbons) has been great as far as open communication about the situation, I've talked to him a few times about it." Over his six-year career, Happ is 35-35 with a 4.19 ERA.
J.A. Happ 'odd man out' in Blue Jays' star-studded rotation
Sporting News | Feb 25