Drew Hutchison is looking to make a comeback in 2014.
After going 5-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 11 starts for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, Hutchison was forced to miss last season after having Tommy John surgery.
Healthy now, the question isn’t when Hutchison will make a return, it’s where.
Hutchison is a candidate for Toronto’s final rotation spot, but the Blue Jays could opt to take it safe and start Hutchison at Triple A. Hutchison has proven himself in the minors, going 14-5 with a 2.53 ERA between Single A and Double A in 2011. That was the only season full season Hutchison has played in the minors though, as Toronto called Hutchison up in the 2012 season. That, along with the fact that Hutchison will be just 23 years old this season could cause the Blue Jays to start Hutchison off in Triple A on Opening Day.
Hutchison could force the Blue Jays to keep him as the fifth starter though if he pitches well during Spring Training. The Blue Jays are focusing on their younger talent to fill the rotation this season after the mega trade that Toronto made last offseason failed to yield results. Josh Johnson didn’t produce as a Blue Jay and has since moved on, and R.A. Dickey had a down year. Dickey will still be a big part of the rotation, but Toronto needs to replace Johnson.
Hutchison looks to be the leading candidate at this point, but it all depends on his performance and how careful the Blue Jays want to be with Hutchison returning from injury.