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KANSAS CITY - With various injured pitchers expected to start drifting back into the fold next month, Toronto manager Cito Gaston has some difficult decisions ahead about the makeup of his starting rotation.

But the Toronto manager makes one thing clear.

If Brian Tallet continues his solid work sliding into a starting role after Jesse Litsch went down with a forearm injury the angular lefty will not return to the bullpen.

In his two starts Tallet has looked good, pitching into the sixth inning on each occasion, allowing eight hits over 11 innings pitched, striking out six while allowing just two runs.

Tallet is 1-0 in those games with a sparkling 0.82 ERA.

"If he continues to pitch like that you might have to switch somebody else," Gaston said. "You pick the group that's going the best."

David Purcey is obviously someone who will have to improve to maintain his hold in the rotation - last night getting knocked around for six runs over five innings in a 7-1 loss to the Royals.

Elsewhere;

K.C. ace Matt Greinke is getting the Royal(s) treatment this week when he will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Greinke, who has yet to give up an earned run through four outings this year, will square off against Tallet and the Blue Jays Wednesday night.

This is concerning news for the Philadelphia Phillies that star closer Brad Lidge has developed inflammation on his surgically-repaired right knee that could keep him off the mound for the next few days.

Lidge converted all 48 save opportunities last year while helping the Phillies win the World Series.

And what's happening with Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado Rockies  shortstop whose hitting slump has landed him on the bench?

An 0-for-19 slump and a .167 batting average will cause managers to react like that.



 

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