Blue Jays hoping extra rest benefits rotation

Donaldson may DH in upcoming series against Yankees

April 16th, 2018

TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is hoping the abundance of rest his rotation has received won't throw off the group's timing.
On Monday, for a third straight day, the club had a game postponed due to weather and will play a traditional doubleheader against the Royals at 3:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Falling ice from the nearby CN Tower pierced a hole in the Rogers Centre roof, postponing Monday's series opener. The Blue Jays have played just once in five days.
"Usually, you don't have two days off in a row, except for the All-Star break," Gibbons said. "You hope it doesn't affect you too much, especially with the pitching staff. We like all five of 'em. Now, someone's got four days off, more than that ... five-plus, whatever it is. That can screw them up more than the hitters."
Rest for Estrada
The abundance of off-days could be a blessing in disguise for right-hander .
He experienced back issues during a previous outing against the Orioles last Tuesday, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks.
Estrada was deemed OK following a post-start throwing session, and, thanks to the layoff, will pitch on seven days' rest when the Blue Jays open a four-game series at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
"[Pitching coach Pete Walker] talked to all those guys about different things," Gibbons said. "[Estrada's] feeling good."
Donaldson to DH?
Josh Donaldson is eligible to come off the disabled list while the Blue Jays are in New York, and the third baseman could slot in as the designated hitter.

"Yeah, definitely," Gibbons said. "I think everybody thinks it shouldn't take too long, and he should be fine."
Donaldson was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 11, with right shoulder inflammation prior to Friday's series opener in Cleveland. He has battled shoulder issues since Spring Training and recently underwent additional tests, which revealed no new injury or structural damage.
No Buffalo for Morales
will not require a rehab assignment prior to joining the Blue Jays, according to Gibbons.

The designated hitter, who did some running at Rogers Centre on Monday, strained his right hamstring a week ago.