09/24/12 4:54 PM ET
Blue Jays call up Hill, Korecky to bolster 'pen
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
Toronto selected the contracts of right-handers Shawn Hill and Bobby Korecky before Monday's doubleheader that opened the four-game series at Camden Yards. The Blue Jays then shifted pitcher JA Happ to the 60-day disabled list.
"We've got four games in 72 hours," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "We've had a few short starts of late, and to protect against short starts over the next three days, we've added arms."
The Blue Jays played the doubleheader Monday followed by single games on Tuesday and Wednesday. They have no off-days until the season ends next Wednesday.
Hill was 9-2 with a 4.51 ERA pitching for Triple-A Las Vegas but has never pitched in relief in the Major Leagues. He's made 44 starts.
Korecky also comes to the Blue Jays from Las Vegas, where he posted a 3-4 record with a 3.44 ERA. He's pitched 21 times in the Majors, all in relief.
Struggling Lincoln still has Farrell's confidence
BALTIMORE -- Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he'll keep going to relief pitcher Brad Lincoln, even though the right-hander has struggled lately.
Lincoln allowed a career-high six runs in two-thirds of an inning in Saturday's 11-5 loss to the Rays. That came two days after he gave up three runs in one inning of a 10-7 loss to the Yankees.
Farrell said that Lincoln is very competitive and that there's a fine line between staying under control and over-throwing. The skipper believes those problems in the last two outings come from over-throwing.
"He's going to continue to get the ball," Farrell said. "There's times when he tries to make up for previous appearances by going out and trying to be dominant. And that's when we've seen the issues come into play."
Lincoln now has a 3.02 ERA in 43 appearances out of the bullpen this year.
Farrell: Blue Jays keep discipline in-house
BALTIMORE -- Sportsnet analyst, and former Blue Jays player, Gregg Zaun said recently that Toronto has a "consequence-free" clubhouse, where players aren't held accountable for their misdeeds.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he hasn't read Zaun's comments and would rather not respond to them for that reason.
But he did say that the team does have consequences when needed, which they prefer to keep in-house.
"I'm a firm believer in players should have freedom to be themselves within the team environment. By no means should this be misconstrued or confused with, 'It's all about a bunch of individuals,'" Farrell said. "This is a team that guys have the ability to be themselves within the team concept. Once that gets to the point of being [a] detriment to the team environment, then it's addressed ... but to stuff guys in a box and ask them to conform or to be something other than themselves, then I think it's taking away from their natural abilities."
Zaun's comments came after Yunel Escobar was suspended for writing a homophobic slur in Spanish on his eye black last weekend.
The Blue Jays were still looking for their first win on this road trip heading into Monday's doubleheader. Toronto was swept in both New York and Tampa Bay and was 0-6 on the trip so far.
Edwin Encarnacion came into Monday's doubleheader with 40 home runs, which tied him for third (with Ryan Braun of the Brewers) in the Major Leagues. Encarnacion has belted at least five homers in each month of the season.
Colby Rasmus needed one more home run to tie his career high of 23. He did that two years ago, and already has a new career high in RBIs (73).
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.