Toronto’s game against Cincinnati in Sarasota was rained out on Friday afternoon. Roy Halladay was scheduled to start, but he’ll pitch in a Minor League game on Saturday now. Lefty Gustavo Chacin’s regularly scheduled turn is also on Saturday, when the Jays host the Tigers. Toronto plans on holding Chacin back, though, since he’s slated to start the third game against Detroit in the season’s opening series.
Halladay, A.J. Burnett and Chacin will start the Jays’ first three games. A starter for the fourth game hasn’t been announced, but Halladay is scheduled to pitch in the fifth game of the year on Saturday, April 7 at Tampa Bay. That means the Jays won’t need a fifth starter until April 8. That also means Burnett would be the starter for Toronto’s home opener on April 9.
UPDATE: Blue Jays pitcher Gustavo Chacin was arrested early Friday morning for driving under the influence in Tampa, Fla.
Toronto confirmed a report on SI.com that said the left-hander was stopped by Tampa Police at 3:43 a.m. ET and booked on the misdemeanor charge. Police reports indicated that Chacin’s blood alcohol level measured .150, which is much higher than the legal limit of .08. The pitcher was released on a $500 bond.
"The club is aware of the situation, but for us to say anything at this time would be premature," a team offifical said Friday night.