5/31/2014 2:34 P.M. ET
Hendriks open to pitching in bullpen
By Jamie Ross / MLB.com
TORONTO -- With Marcus Stroman recalled to start on Saturday for the Blue Jays against the Royals, it remains unclear what the future holds for Liam Hendriks.
Hendriks is 1-0 in two starts since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to fill the No. 5 spot in the Blue Jays' starting rotation after Dustin McGowan was moved to the bullpen.
But with six starters and a six-man bullpen, it is likely the Blue Jays will shuffle their pitching staff in the near future.
For now, Hendriks is slated to make his third start sometime next week, possibly as early as Wednesday. The 25-year-old right-hander hasn't been told when his next start will be, but he's preparing for it as if it were business as usual.
"We haven't had any discussions like that. I'm just playing it by ear," he said, "and telling them I can do whatever they want me to."
If it came to it, that would include pitching out of the bullpen, something he's done before at the Minor League and Major League levels. Hendriks came out of the 'pen twice while pitching for the Twins in 2013.
In those two outings, he threw 10 2/3 innings and 201 pitches. While his preference is to remain a starter, Hendriks said a relief role is not foreign to him and that he "wouldn't say no, obviously.
"If it's another opportunity for me, then I'll go and do it," he said. "You never know what's going to happen."
Hendriks has allowed two home runs and three walks in two games with the Blue Jays, and he was hit hard in his last outing against the Rays, with seven of his outs coming at the warning track.
But despite that, he said he's pleased with his results so far, which he credits to less self-imposed pressure.
"There have been times in each game where I haven't felt comfortable, but I've gotten past that," he said. "Hopefully my next start, I'll have time to work on some stuff and get my motion down pat."
Start pushed back, but Hutchison feels fine
TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison said the Blue Jays have been kicking around the idea of getting him some extra rest, so it came as no surprise when he was told his next start would be pushed back to Tuesday in Detroit.
Hutchison was originally slated to make the start on Saturday against the Royals at Rogers Centre, but the team recalled Marcus Stroman following Friday's game, and the rookie right-hander took the mound instead.
Hutchison said pitching coach Pete Walker had made an off-hand comment earlier this season that the team might limit his innings to keep him fresh.
"It was already kind of mentioned to me, and I knew at some point this was going to happen," said Hutchison, who's coming off a poor outing on Monday, when he allowed five earned runs over five innings in a win against the Rays. "Of course I want to take the ball every five days. It's something you take pride in doing."
After he appeared in only 10 Minor League games in 2013 following Tommy John surgery, the Blue Jays are keeping an eye on Hutchison. He's pitched 65 innings through 11 starts, and owns a 4-3 record with a 3.88 ERA in 2014.
The 23-year-old said he feels fine physically and has not experienced any fatigue. He chalks up his last start to a "bad outing."
"Physically I feel good," he said. "I just didn't have a good start my last time out. That's how I viewed it ... I wasn't sharp. It was one of those games you have to fight through."
Hutchison threw a bullpen session on Saturday morning, in keeping with his regular routine, which he will stick to the next few days save for a few tweaks.
The Blue Jays have yet to make a decision about the makeup of the starting rotation going forward, and for the time being, their pitching staff consists of six starters and six relief arms.
• Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil was available to pitch on Saturday after getting some extra rest since his last appearance.
The big left-hander hasn't pitched since Tuesday because he was experiencing shoulder soreness after sleeping awkwardly on his left arm.
"Just slept on it a little awkward a couple of nights ago, and it was soreness I've never had," he said. "It was night and day one day to the next, so they tried to stay away from me the last two days to let everything get back to normal. But it feels great today."
Cecil is 0-3 with a 3.80 ERA through 21 1/3 innings.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.