Jays demote Drabek

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kyle Drabek reacts while waiting to be relieved during the first...

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kyle Drabek reacts while waiting to be relieved during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Toronto June 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Cassese)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:33 PM ET

The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned pitcher Kyle Drabek to their triple-A team in Las Vegas and selected the contract of pitcher Zach Stewart from double-A New Hampshire of the Eastern League.

Stewart, 24, has made 12 starts for the Fisher Cats this season, posting a 4-3 record with a 4.39 ERA, and in his last three starts is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA. The Wichita Falls, Tex., native was acquired in the Scott Rolen trade along with Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Roenicke. In 2010 the 6-foot-2 right-hander recorded an 8-3 mark with a 3.63 ERA in 26 starts with New Hampshire.

Drabek, 23, has appeared in 14 games this season with Toronto, all starts, going 4-5 with a 5.70 ERA, while the club posted a 9-5 record in his starts.


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