Litsch recalled to serve in unfamiliar role

Litsch recalled to serve in unfamiliar role

TORONTO -- Jesse Litsch found himself in an unfamiliar role when the Blue Jays opened a three-game series against Texas on Friday night.

Litsch was recalled from the Minor Leagues on Thursday, but it wasn't to fill a spot in Toronto's starting rotation. Instead, Litsch will be pitching out of the bullpen.

That's something the 26-year-old has only done once before in his career. Even though he's not accustomed to the role, Litsch said he was just happy to be back with the big league club.

"I'm open minded," Litsch said. "It's great to be back up here. It's a lot better than being down in the Minor Leagues, obviously.

"Just come up here open-minded and take it as it comes. I've never done it before, so I've got to go out there and learn on the fly."

Litsch said it was too early in his transition phase to know exactly what to expect. It's likely that he will have to cut back on his six-pitch arsenal, but for now the native of Florida is mostly concerned about getting into the regular routine of a reliever.

That is expected to be his biggest challenge, and he'll have to turn to veterans like Jon Rauch and Trever Miller for advice on how to adapt.

"Knowing how quickly to get ready, when to get ready, when to start stretching," Litsch said when asked of the challenges. "Just different things. But we've got a lot of veterans down there that are going to help me with that. They're all open to questions, so you just go out there and ask what you need."

Litsch went 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA in eight starts before he was sent to Las Vegas in May.