Bradenton, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Grapefruit League showdown between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field was cancelled due to strong and enduring downpours Thursday.
With the rainout, Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle had to shuffle his pitching plans for the two games already scheduled for Friday.
Hurdle may also have to alter the all-right-handed hitting lineup he was going to send out against the Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle, because right-hander Vance Worley is scheduled to start for the Twins.
Lefty Wandy Rodriguez will take his regular scheduled turn and start against Minnesota at McKechnie Field. Gerrit Cole, Thursday’s starter, will instead go in a 10 a.m. ET “B” game between Pirates and Twins squad at Pirate City.
Toronto manager John Gibbons had to do considerably less juggling as Buehrle will start against Tampa Bay on Friday, with Drew Hutchison being pushed back to a Saturday start against the Twins.
R.A. Dickey remains on schedule for a Sunday start against the Astros in Kissimmee, Florida while J.A. Happ, Saturday’s scheduled pitcher, gets bumped from his start.
Jason Grilli, due for his first outing of the spring, and Jameson Taillon — both down for turns on Thursday — will pitch behind Rodriguez, as will Jeanmar Gomez and Jared Hughes.
Cole’s relief in the “B” game will consist of Justin Wilson, Bryan Morris, Andy Oliver, Casey Sadler and Stolmy Pimentel — who had originally been scheduled to start in the “B” game.