In his last start, Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was lit up by the Boston Red Sox for five runs in the first inning en route to a 13-0 pasting.

In 4.2 innings, Dickey gave up eight runs on 10 hits and after two starts is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA.

It turns out that in the Boston outing, Dickey cracked a fingernail on his right hand, which to his credit, he didn't bring up after the game and didn't offer as an excuse.

"He said he's done it many times in the past," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Wednesday. "He can pitch with it. Again we didn't know about it. I guess he cracked it in the first inning. Again he said he wasn't concerned about it, that it happens all the time so we're not concerned about it.

As a result, Dickey threw more "conventional" pitches than he ordinarily does.

"Yeah, it seemed to me but again I haven't seen him enough to really ... we haven't had enough starts with him," Anthopoulos said. "It seemed like more fastballs and changeups and things like that. He said he can pitch with it, it's not an excuse so ..."

Dickey's next start is slated for Saturday in Kansas City.