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Reyes hopes 24 proves to be his lucky number

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It seems like since spring training, every start for Jo-Jo Reyes is an important one for him in determining if he remains in the rotation, or even with the Blue Jays.

Tuesday at Tropicana Field could really be the one that counts, even though there has been no such public declaration by the club. But the evidence against him is building.

Reyes hasn't won in his last 23 major league starts dating to 2008, when he was with the Atlanta Braves.

The left-hander takes an 0-2 record and a 5.48 ERA against the Rays. The ERA is misleading, as it could be higher.

In his last start against Texas, the six runs charged to him in 2 2/3 innings were unearned, but he contributed greatly to his own problems by giving up five hits.

Reyes has been fortunate to stay around this long. He has talent but has not been able to exploit as much as he should to earn a major league spot.

The one thing in his favor is that he is out of options and the Blue Jays don't want to risk losing him on waivers. Another is that he is left-handed.

The Blue Jays gave up on another left-hander, David Purcey, who was designated for assignment on April 12 before being traded to Oakland.

But in most cases, the Blue Jays have made the convenient move and demoted the player who still has options, such as Brett Cecil, Jesse Litsch and Travis Snider.

Yet it would appear to be time for Reyes to produce or lose his job in the rotation. With the bullpen about to be reduced from eight to seven, the prospects aren't so good for employment there.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos is taking a more measured approach.

"Certainly he was one pitch or one out away in the last outing from being able to go deeper into the game," Anthopoulos said. "We're going to do our best to stick with him as long as we can.

"But it's a results oriented game and we're continuing to evaluate it as we would with any other young player. We don't have any type of time-line on it but Jo-Jo's is no different than any other player, the one change is that he is out of options."

Unless Reyes improves soon, the Blue Jays may have no other options with him.

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