Rzepczynski ready to get back to work

Rzepczynski ready to get back to work

TORONTO -- Blue Jays left-hander Marc Rzepczynski is scheduled to pitch Wednesday night against the Rangers on three days' rest. It will be the first time in his career that he has started on short rest.

"When they shut Brandon [Morrow] down, we needed someone to fill in," Rzepczynski said. "I only threw 73 pitches [Saturday], and I'm nowhere near any mark that I should be, so they're just trying to get me out there as quick as I can so I can work on the stuff that I need to, instead of just throwing a bullpen every other day."

Rzepczynski allowed five runs in four innings in his no-decision Saturday against the Yankees. One of the things he has been working on is getting the ball out of his glove quicker during his delivery.

"I feel good, and I'm looking forward to getting back out there," he said. "For me, it's changing the routine, backing off some stuff, backing off the lifting a little bit. And my bullpen, I just threw less than normal.

"By the fourth day, you usually feel pretty good anyway. It's just a good opportunity to get out there one day earlier."

Rzepczynski is 1-3 with a 6.62 ERA in nine games with Toronto, seven of them starts. His best outing was a seven-inning two-hitter on Aug. 13 against the Angels.