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09/09/10 10:24 PM ET

Blue Jays claim reliever Buchholz off waivers

Litsch moved to 60-day DL to make room for ex-Rockies hurler

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays claimed right-handed pitcher Taylor Buchholz off waivers from the Rockies on Thursday and made room for him on the 40-man roster by transferring right-hander Jesse Litsch to the 60-day disabled list.

Buchholz, 28, is scheduled to report to Toronto. He made seven relief appearances for the Rockies this season, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA after missing all of 2009 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

He spent the early part of the season in the Minor Leagues and was 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 21 games, including one start, for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Buchholz has appeared in 133 Major League games, including 27 starts over four seasons -- he was with the Houston Astros in 2006 and played for the Rockies since '07 -- and is 19-21 with a 4.42 ERA.

In another move, the Blue Jays recalled left-hander Brad Mills from Triple-A Las Vegas, where he was 8-6 with a 4.97 ERA in 20 starts. He was 1-0 with a 5.28 ERA in three starts with Toronto.

Ailment keeps McDonald out of starting lineup

TORONTO -- John McDonald took batting practice before Thursday's game against the Rangers and was held out of the starting lineup. He was available to play, but never entered the 4-2 loss.

The infielder was a late scratch from the starting lineup at third base for Wednesday's 8-1 defeat because he had trouble holding the bat with his left hand.

McDonald is not certain what the problem is, but he first felt it while in the on-deck circle in the first game of a series with the Yankees on Sept. 3.

The discomfort started in his shoulder and worked down to his hand. There was concern it could have been an infection.

"It was on the inside of my arm," McDonald said. "Something was going on, and I don't have an explanation for it, when I did it or what happened. The fluids probably drained out of my shoulder and settled in my hand and made it tough for me to hold onto the bat. I don't have any muscle weakness. It's weird."

Lewis back in starting lineup; Lind given rest

TORONTO -- Outfielder Fred Lewis saw his first playing time Wednesday since hyperextending his right elbow during an at-bat on Sept. 1, and he was back in the starting lineup for Thursday's finale with the Rangers.

Lewis was used as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 8-1 loss and stayed in the game in right field. He singled in three at-bats in Thursday's 4-2 defeat.

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston went with a mostly right-handed-hitting lineup against left-handed starter Derek Holland, but Lewis started in right field with DeWayne Wise in center and Travis Snider in left against Colby Lewis. Usual center fielder Vernon Wells was at designated hitter.

Adam Lind, who often starts at DH, was not in the lineup.

"Just to give [Wells] some time off his legs," Gaston said. "And Lind has got a night off."

Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.