One of the many races for spots on the Blue Jays’ 26-man roster in spring training is the one involving the team’s fifth starter.
Heading into camp, it was Trent Thornton, Shun Yamaguchi, and Ryan Borucki competing for the final spot in the Jays’ revamped rotation behind Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson, and Matt Shoemaker. But, due to some elbow soreness, Borucki is now out of the running for a rotation gig out of camp, making it a race between Thornton and Yamaguchi.
Ryan Borucki is no longer in the competition for the No. 5 rotation job.
The #BlueJays will see how he feels after playing catch today and go from there, but he’s too far behind right now.
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) February 24, 2020
This whole thing is obviously really unfortunate for Borucki as he had his entire 2019 season derailed due to elbow issues. That said, it’s better the Jays take it slow with Borucki rather than rushing him into a competition for a starting gig right out of the gate. That’s the benefit of having starting pitching depth.
At this stage, it’s really hard to imagine Thornton …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation