The Blue Jays and Twins are set to play a split doubleheader on Thursday after their Wednesday game was postponed because of bitterly cold weather and the chance of snow.
R.A. Dickey will take the mound for Toronto in Game 1, while the Twins will counter with right-hander Kyle Gibson. In Game 2, it will be Toronto's Dustin McGowan vs. Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey.
The weather will likely still play a role, with a high of 41 and low of 28 (5 and -2 Celsius) -- but the forecast is calling for relatively sunny skies, with a potential mix of snow and rain not expected to be a factor.
"Hands start stinging when you're a hitter," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of playing in the extreme cold. "It's also tougher to grip the ball and throw it when you're a pitcher, so I don't know. It's not baseball weather, but both teams have to play; someone has to win and lose. Can't let it distract you. ... Doesn't usually make for good baseball, I'll tell you that. It turns into almost survival."
Dickey could have trouble harnessing his knuckleball in the cold, which is one of the main reasons he is making the afternoon start, when temperatures should be a little more reasonable. Dickey's pitch is typically more effective in a hot, humid climate. The bitter cold could make the ball difficult to grip and tougher to stop from spinning, but he might be able to avoid some of those issues in the matinee affair.
Pelfrey was originally supposed to be matched up with Dickey, but he'll now pitch the nightcap. The right-hander, who carries an 0-2 record and 7.82 ERA into the game, gave up six runs on nine hits and four walks over five-plus innings against the A's on Thursday, struggling with pitch location in a 6-1 loss.
The Twins are hoping Pelfrey will have a bounce-back year -- the 30-year-old is a full season removed from Tommy John surgery in 2012. One area of improvement Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has identified for the 6-foot-7, 250-pounder is his pace on the mound.
"We can't throw the ball for him," said Gardenhire. "We can run to the mound as many times as you want to and tell him to throw the ball over the plate: 'Make them swing the bat.' But ultimately, it gets to the guy with the ball in his hand. He's got to do that. Pelfrey is a veteran. He's got to know to attack the plate and throw it over. He'll be the first to tell you."
For his part, Pelfrey agrees.
"It's something I always have in my head -- I try to work fast," Pelfrey said. "But if you're walking guys and you have a lot of guys on base, it's tough. But it's something I'll continue to try to get better at."
Twins: Arcia gets cortisone shot in wrist
Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who is on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 5) with a sprained right wrist, received a cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday. Arcia, who originally sustained the injury taking batting practice in the cages during the first series of the year in Chicago, is expected to rest his wrist for the next few days.
"We'll let that settle in for the next couple days and then test it out," said Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony. "It's still a little inflamed and a little sore. So hopefully that'll take care of that."
Blue Jays: Reyes could join team by the weekend; Janssen makes first rehab outing
Jose Reyes still appears on track to rejoin the Blue Jays in time for their upcoming weekend series in Cleveland.
Reyes played in an extended spring training game in Florida on Monday and was in the lineup for Class A Dunedin Tuesday night. He's expected to appear in at least two official rehab games before the Blue Jays reevaluate his situation.
The All-Star-caliber shortstop has been out since he suffered a strained left hamstring during his first at-bat of the season on March 31. He's eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday.
"That's the plan right now, unless he has a little setback," Gibbons said Tuesday afternoon. "He'll play tonight and tomorrow and then probably travel on Thursday to Cleveland and be ready to go Friday. That's the plan."
Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen also made his first official rehab appearance for Dunedin on Tuesday night. Janssen pitched one scoreless inning and allowed one hit with one strikeout. He is expected to need at least two more appearances in the Minors before returning.
The 32-year-old has been out since he suffered a strained lower back late in Spring Training. Right-hander Sergio Santos entered play on Tuesday night with four saves during Janssen's absence.
• Joe Mauer has reached base safely in each of his last 14 games against the Blue Jays after lacing an RBI single in the third inning of Tuesday's game. The streak dates back to Oct. 3, 2010.
• The Twins entered Wednesday leading the AL in walks (59), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.340) and third in runs scored (67).
• With his leadoff single in the first inning of Tuesday's game, Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.