Eveland May Not Be Long For Toronto’s Rotation

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports that Dana Eveland "might be pitching on a start-to-start basis at some point" given that the Blue Jays have several potential starters with longer-term futures with the club soon coming off of the disabled list.  Eveland is out of options, which is part of the reason why he was designated for assignment by the A's in February and dealt to Toronto a week later. 

This news doesn't come as a surprise given that the left-hander was acquired by the Jays as a veteran stop-gap for the rotation, but it has perhaps been surprising how well Eveland has performed thus far in 2010.  Aside from one disastrous (7 ER in 3 IP) outing against Boston on April 26, he has a 2.23 ERA over his other five starts.  It represents a strong turn-around fom Eveland's garish 7.16 ERA in 13 appearances for Oakland in 2009. 

As Bastian points out, given Eveland's success and the lack of concrete timetables for the injured hurlers' returns, Eveland could remain in the rotation into June.  The two pitchers who are probably closest to returning at Brian Tallet and Marc Rzepczynski, but Bastian tweeted last week that Tallet may be headed to the bullpen and Rzepczynski's struggles in the spring opened the door for Eveland to claim the rotation spot in the first place (a decision that was cinched when Rzcepczynski broke a fingertip and went on the DL).

Probably the best-case scenario for the Blue Jays would be if Eveland keeps up his solid performance so that the southpaw might create some measure of trade value when and if Toronto decides to remove him from the rotation.  The Mariners and Diamondbacks reportedly had interest in Eveland when Oakland DFA'ed him.  If the Jays could flip Eveland for even a low-level prospect, it would make their acquisition of the lefty into a nice all-around success.


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