Litsch likely to get callup
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Blue Jays have yet to announce who they will call up to pitch Saturday against the Texas Rangers, but it would be a shock if it was someone other than Jesse Litsch. The red-headed right-hander made the start for triple-A Las Vegas on Monday and earned a no-decision. Over five innings he allowed eight hits and five earned runs to pop his ERA to 8.16. However, by starting Monday he falls in line to have four days of rest on Saturday.
“It falls on his fifth day and he is certainly a strong candidate,” manager John Farrell said.
The next likely candidate is Zach Stewart, who made three starts with the Jays in June. Stewart last threw on Friday for double-A New Hampshire against Portland. In 7 2/3 innings he allowed one run on six hits and a walk.
Farrell said no decision has been made and that the Jays are still rolling around the names of Litsch, Stewart and lefty Brad Mills, who is slotted to start on Wednesday for Las Vegas. If Mills starts that game, he’s not coming up.
“We don’t anticipate Saturday’s starter coming from outside the organization at this point,” Farrell added, squelching any trade scenarios.
One starter not in the running is right-hander Kyle Drabek, who has had up-and-down outings at Vegas since being shipped out.
When asked if was in the mix to return, Farrell replied with a terse: “No.”
C J.P. Arencibia isn’t hitting much for average as his .213 (59-for-277) batting average will attest. But when he makes contact, he hits for power. He began play Tuesday with 15 homers, 10 doubles and three triples and had driven in 42 runs. The rookie leads all AL catchers in homers, is second in extra-base hits (28), tied for second in total bases (119) and is third in RBIs. With 60 games remaining entering play last night, Arencibia is on pace to hit 11 more homers which would give him 26 home runs on the season and set a Jays record. John Buck holds the club record for home runs by a catcher, hitting 20 in 2010.