TORONTO -- Manager John Farrell said that the Blue Jays have yet to make a final decision on who will be called up to start Saturday against the Rangers.
Toronto is expected to promote either Zach Stewart, Jesse
Litsch or Brad Mills to fill the void that was created when
Jo-Jo Reyes was designated for assignment late last week.
"The same names that we discussed earlier are still being
discussed," Farrell said. "Jesse, Zach, Mills are the
three. We don't anticipate Saturday's starter coming from
outside the organization, at least at this point."
Litsch got the start on Monday night for Triple-A Las Vegas
but didn't have much success. He allowed five runs on eight
hits while striking out four in five-plus innings of work.
The 26-year-old is now 1-2 with a 8.16 ERA in six starts for the 51s this year. Despite the subpar numbers, it's still possible that he could rejoin the Major League roster.
Litsch was the Blue Jays' fifth starter until he sustained an impingement in his right shoulder and was placed on the
15-day disabled list on May 19. He then pitched at two
different levels in the Minor Leagues during his rehab stint
before settling in with Las Vegas.
"There were some inconsistencies as far as location,"
Farrell said of Monday's start. "Overall his stuff was the same
as it has been. He had some good action with
his sinker and his slider was what we've been accustomed to seeing.
"It falls on his fifth day and he is certainly a strong
candidate for Saturday."
Stewart, meanwhile, made his last start on Friday for
Double-A New Hampshire. He allowed just one run on six hits
in 7 2/3 innings. The native of Texas would be required to
start on seven days' rest if he got the call from Toronto.