CHICAGO -- Injured Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos has increased his throwing intensity and could get back on the mound this weekend or early next week.
Santos, who is on the 60-day disabled list, hasn't pitched since April 20 because of right shoulder inflammation. He recorded two saves this season after saving 30 games last year.
If Santos can take the mound this weekend, manager John Farrell said the right-handed pitcher will be reevaluated to determine the next course of action.
"Any time you take that type of pitcher out of your bullpen, the effects of that are going to be felt," Farrell said. "You've got a guy that's 13 or 14 strikeouts per nine inning rate that is removed that had a solid year closing out games last year. We went through some unsettled portion of time where we had to readjust some roles."
Casey Janssen has filled in admirably for Santos, saving 11 straight games entering Friday since becoming the Blue Jays' closer. Farrell said Janssen's taken advantage of hitters' aggressiveness in the ninth inning, when their sense of urgency is heightened.
"We knew he was going to throw strikes, control the running game, and had the ability to get both left-handers and right-handers out," Farrell said. "He has flourished as our closer. I hate to think where we'd be if he hadn't assumed the role."
Davis likes hitting at U.S. Cellular Field
CHICAGO -- The Blue Jays batted .312 the last time they visited the White Sox from June 5-7, taking the first two games before a 4-3 defeat in the finale.
U.S. Cellular Field is the only road stadium in which Toronto is hitting better than .294 at this season. Rajai Davis, who hit .375 at the ballpark in the series victory, said good memories surround him every time he returns to the South Side.
"You try to remember the things that have happened," Davis said. "A lot of it has to do with your confidence. Some of it is how you're hitting. The other part is sometimes you've just got to find your comfort zone."
Davis' career .354 batting average at U.S. Cellular Field is his highest at any ballpark in which he's recorded at least 30 at-bats.
"In some parks, you see the ball better than others," Davis said. "I think you see the ball really well here. The backdrop is really good."
Farrell managing struggling Cordero's workload
CHICAGO -- The start of July hasn't been kind to Blue Jays reliever Francisco Cordero, who finished June with eight straight scoreless appearances.
Cordero allowed three runs in each of his first two appearances in July. Manager John Farrell said there are times even while Cordero is struggling that he'll have to be called upon.
"I wouldn't say [we've] lost complete confidence," Farrell said. "Yet, at the same time, there's going to be situations where even Francisco knows that we'll go to guys before him when everyone's rested. We're in a situation with three guys pitching on back-to-back days, we have to try to balance as much as we can the health of everyone."
Farrell said he managed to get Cordero, who leads the club with 39 appearances, into games in June that allowed him to build his confidence.
"Unfortunately, the last two outings haven't turned out the way we'd anticipated," he said.
Right-handed pitcher Dustin McGowan is seeing a doctor in Dallas to evaluate his continued shoulder discomfort.
The Blue Jays entered play Friday tied for the most road home runs (56) with the Yankees. Toronto hit at least two home runs in seven of its last nine games entering Friday's opener in Chicago.
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.