With shortstop Jose Reyes expected to be out for another two months at minimum because of a left ankle sprain, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has decided to stick with Brett Lawrie in the leadoff spot.

Hitting leadoff is something to which Lawrie is accustomed. He had 252 at-bats (61 games) hitting in the No. 1 hole last season.

"I like the way that looks," Gibbons said. "We talked about that earlier but wanted him to get some at-bats. At least he produces until Jose comes back. He's a spark plug and got a little pop, too. He can run the gaps on you and he's starting to feel good, you can tell it's coming with him."

Like most hitters, when Lawrie is going well, he uses the whole field. When he first came up this season, he was overaggressive and jumping at pitches.

"He's starting to hit the ball the other way, not swinging and missing as much," Gibbons added. "It's a timing thing, too. He got a pretty good dose of breaking balls early too. When you don't have your timing and you're not used to seeing them and can't slow it down, that's usually what happens. But I've seen a much better approach, much better swings the last few days, a couple of homers to right."

With R.A. Dickey still experiencing tightness in his upper back and neck, and Josh Johnson missing his last start due to tightness in his triceps muscle, the Jays rotation will undergo a slight tweak this week. Dickey is waiting to have an MRI and is not expected to miss his next start while Johnson played catch Tuesday and is scheduled to throw his side session on Wednesday to see where he's at.

The result is that lefty Mark Buehrle will retain his spot in the rotation and make the start Wednesday with J.A. Happ taking Johnson's slot on Thursday.

"Ideally we'll give Dickey an extra day so he'll go Saturday and Johnson on Friday, hopefully," Gibbons said.