J.A. Happ will make his second start on Saturday when the Blue Jays face the Angels for an afternoon tilt.
After beginning his season in the bullpen, Happ earned a win in his first start of 2014, which came vs. Philadelphia. He pitched five scoreless innings and allowed three hits while walking four batters.
Originally slated to make a spot start in that May 5 contest, Happ now appears to be a fixture in the starting rotation after the Blue Jays placed Brandon Morrow on the 60-day disabled list with a torn tendon sheath in his right hand.
"I am happy to be in there now," said the 31-year-old left hander. "I'm trying to take advantage of the time now. Of course, I would have liked to be in there at the beginning. Before spring started, I felt great and then had a little issue with the back, and I feel good now. Happy to be where I'm at."
Opposing him will be 22-year-old Tyler Skaggs. The young lefty has been a solid presence on the mound for the Angels so far this season, his only real hiccup coming in his last start when he was roughed up early against the Rangers on Sunday.
Skaggs was shown the door after 2 2/3 innings, during which he allowed six earned runs on eight hits. Prior to that, the Angels were 5-0 in Skaggs' first five starts.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said following the game that he expected Skaggs to bounce back against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
"The two-seamer, the angle [Skaggs] had when he was going well, it didn't appear ... at times maybe but not consistently," Scioscia said. "He's been pitching very well for us. He'll be better next time. He'll reload."
Blue Jays: Lawrie nearing return
Brett Lawrie will likely return to the lineup this weekend, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said prior to Friday's game against the Angels.
Lawrie, the team's everyday third baseman, has been suffering from tightness in his right hamstring and hasn't played since Monday, when he left in the fourth inning against Philadelphia. Gibbons said Lawrie was to run sprints on Friday, and he would not go onto the 15-day disabled list.
"Hopefully [he's back Saturday] or Sunday. He's going to run some more sprints today and see how it goes," Gibbons said.
With Lawrie out of the lineup, third-base duties have fallen to Juan Francisco, who's shouldered the responsibility with solid defense and a big bat.
Angels: Santiago shifts to 'pen
Left-hander Hector Santiago has been removed from the Angels' rotation after seven starts, and he will pitch out of the bullpen, at least temporarily.
Santiago, who is 0-6 with a 5.19 ERA, was initially scheduled to pitch Tuesday's series opener against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It's unclear who Los Angeles will start, but Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher hinted that someone from Triple-A Salt Lake could come up to take Santiago's spot.
"Hopefully, things work out to where he gets his head right and we can get him back in the rotation sooner than later," Butcher said. "I'm sure it's obviously not something he wants to do, going to the bullpen, but I think just to kind of clear his mind out. ... He will still be in big situations coming out of the bullpen for us."
Santiago, who was acquired from the White Sox in a three-team deal in the offseason, has plenty of experience working out of the bullpen. The 26-year-old was used as a reliever for the White Sox in 2012, and he made 11 appearances out of the bullpen in '13.
• Left-hander Sean Burnett will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Arkansas on Saturday. Burnett, who has thrown in extended spring training, has not appeared in a Major League game since May 2013 after undergoing elbow surgery.
• Right-hander Dane De La Rosa will need to make at least one more rehab outing before rejoining the Angels, Butcher said. De La Rosa, who has been limited to one appearance this season due to right Sternoclavicular (SC) joint irritation, could potentially return to the club before the four-game set in Toronto concludes.
• With his single in the seventh inning on Friday, Jose Bautista has now reached base safely in 36 straight games to start the season.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.