Jays put Litsch on disabled list

The Toronto Blue Jays placed starter Jesse Litsch on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and recalled left-hander Bill Murphy from triple-A Las Vegas.

The Toronto Blue Jays placed right-handed starter Jesse Litsch on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and recalled left-hander Bill Murphy from triple-A Las Vegas.

Litsch, 24, strained his right forearm during Monday's 8-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins. He left the game in the third inning after allowing four runs on seven hits.

A team official said his injury didn't look serious and that there was no structural damage.

"They want me to come back strong," said Litsch. "They don't want me to come back iffy. That's fine with me. I'd rather come back strong than come back and get shut down in September when we're in a playoff race."

Leftie Brian Tallet will come out of the bullpen to start in Litsch's place on Saturday at home against Oakland.

Litsch went 13-9 with a 3.58 earned-run average last season, and is supposed to be the team's No. 2 starter behind ace Roy Halladay.

"He's a tough kid, he wants to stay out there," said Toronto manager Cito Gaston. "The only thing you have to think about is, in this game, you have to think about your future, too. I certainly don't want to jeopardize anybody's future here."

In his two starts this season, he's 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.

Murphy, 27, will likely take Tallet's place in the bullpen. He's thrown two scoreless innings for Las Vegas this season and has made 10 major league appearances in his career, all for Arizona in 2007.

With files from The Canadian Press