Blue Jays’ White (shoulder) ready to throw in game environment

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Mitch White throws a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, in Baltimore. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Mitch White is scheduled to pitch in a game environment this week after entering camp with a right shoulder impingement, the team said Sunday.

White could pitch in a simulated game or a spring-training outing.

White was expected to battle Yusei Kikuchi for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation at spring training, but the injury prevented has prevented that competition from happening.

The Blue Jays could use White in a long relief role as he has alternated between the starting rotation and bullpen during his major-league career.

Acquired in a trade deadline deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, White was a combined 1-7 with a 5.45 ERA in 25 appearances (18 starts) last year.

Meanwhile, top prospect left-hander Ricky Tiedemann (shoulder) reported no problems after a side session on Saturday. He’ll throw another bullpen in the near future.

The Blue Jays return to spring-training action on Monday at 1:05 p.m. ET / 10:05 a.m. PT against the Detroit Tigers. Watch the game on Sportsnet or Sportsnet NOW.

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