The Minnesota Twins knocked Blue Jays pitcher Dave Bush out of Saturday's game and all the way to Syracuse, N.Y.
Toronto demoted the struggling right-hander to triple-A on Sunday, less than 24 hours after Bush fell to 0-5 on the season in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Twins at the Rogers Centre.
"It's not like he was God-awful here, but there were just too many starts where we weren't getting a lot of consistency," Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said of Bush, who exchanged words with manager John Gibbons before leaving the mound.
"He needs to go get himself right, which he will. He'll be back up here, there's no doubt in our minds."
Right-hander Chad Gaudin was called up from the SkyChiefs and could start Tuesday against the Mariners in Seattle.
Bush was a victim of poor run support in some of his 10 starts this season but also struggled with his command.
The 25-year-old leaves Toronto with a 4.89 earned-run average after going 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 16 starts in 2004.
"He's had some good outings hidden in there, but he's got to go down [to the minors]," Gibbons said. "I think he needs a change of scenery right now. Let him get his pitching together."
Both Gibbons and Ricciardi insisted the demotion was something that had been pondered for a while.
Bush served up back-to-back home runs to Juan Castro and former Blue Jay Shannon Stewart in the fifth inning on Saturday. He exited the game with two outs in the frame.
Toronto wants Bush to work on his breaking ball in triple-A and improve his command.
"It's been difficult," Bush said. "There's not one thing I would do differently except pitch better. You have to win, whether it's 6-5 or 1-0 and I was on the short end every time out."
Gaudin pitched well in Syracuse, tossing a one-hitter against Columbus on May 16. The 22-year-old went 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 10 starts.
Last season, he appeared in 26 games, mostly as a reliever, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
with files from Canadian Press