8/2/2014 7:10 P.M. ET
Blue Jays aren't planning to skip Hutchison's turn
Five-man rotation stays in place due to the lack of off-days since All-Star break
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
HOUSTON -- The Blue Jays don't have any plans to make changes to their starting rotation with an off-day on Monday.
Toronto hasn't enjoyed a day off since the All-Star break but instead of using it to skip a starter, the club will provide everyone with an extra day of rest.
There has been ongoing concern throughout the year about whether right-hander Drew Hutchison will tire down the stretch after missing last season with Tommy John surgery. That prompted a couple of questions about possibly skipping Hutchison, but manager John Gibbons quickly shot down that notion.
"They all need a day off," Gibbons said. "Hutch has been good against Baltimore, too. Let's face it, we have our five guys, we have to roll with it and they could all use an extra day."
Hutchison has struggled since the break with 12 earned runs over 12 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .351 with a .965 OPS against him, but he'll look to turn things around during the upcoming series vs. the Orioles.
Even though Toronto won't make any changes for this upcoming off-day, that doesn't mean there won't be some adjustments in the relatively near future. The Blue Jays have five off-days this month, including three in an eight-day span from Aug. 14-21.
The Blue Jays likely could skip a starter or two from a group that includes R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman and Hutchison.
"We can look at it then, at this point I don't know why we'd want to do that with Stro," Gibbons said. "But that's the time we can do it, right now they all need it."
Navarro handles full-time workload at catcher
HOUSTON -- The Blue Jays' five off-days this month will help not only the starting rotation, but they will also benefit catcher Dioner Navarro.
Navarro has already appeared in more games this season than he has since 2009. He spent the past four years as a backup, but he took over the starting duties in Toronto after signing a free agent contract during the offseason.
There were some legitimate question marks about Navarro's ability to play a full season without wearing down, but that hasn't been an issue.
"No, he looks pretty good," manager John Gibbons said on Saturday afternoon. "But we've managed to give him some rest. He'll get it tonight [against the Astros] and then Monday [off-day], he'll be fine."
Navarro has been more than fine of late. He has hit safely in 14 of his past 18 games since July 8 with a .352 average (25-for-71) and a .949 OPS. During those 18 games, he has five doubles, three homers and 13 RBIs.
The 30-year-old received the day off on Saturday because knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was on the mound. The fact that Dickey has a personal catcher in Josh Thole has been one way the Blue Jays make sure to get Navarro enough rest.