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Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18

Toronto Blue Jays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18
--LHP Brian Tallet comes out of the bullpen Saturday to make his first start since 2006 and manager Cito Gaston said that good or bad, it won't be his last one.

"Right now it's long-term and when I say long-term, a month is long-term for me," Gaston said, "I don't know how long it's going to take Jesse (Litsch) to come back (from a strained right forearm) but I'm pretty sure it's going to be somewhere around a month."

Another option would be to bring up one of the young left-handers from Las Vegas -- Brett Cecil or Brad Mills. Gaston, though, dismissed that idea.

"Those guys haven't pitched that much down there, that's the only problem," Gaston said. "So it's hard to tell what they're capable of doing. We want to give them some time to pitch down there."

--RHP Shawn Camp, who made 40 appearances last year, and RHP Jason Frasor, who made 49, figure on seeing more action in 2009.

"Last year there were times I didn't use him a lot," manager Cito Gaston said of Camp. "But I think he's going to get used a lot this year, him and Frasor. It's mainly because if we continue to have kids out there (David Purcey, Scott Richmond and Ricky Romero), we're going to have to protect them. With the kids, we don't want them to throw too many innings. This year they'll get up to 175 innings or so, so we're going to have to protect them that way too."

--Nobody enjoyed the 12 runs of support Wednesday more than RHP Scott Richmond. "I had a rough spring," Richmond said. "It's been a little bit of a roller coaster so far. That first-inning start again (allowing two runs), it's like, 'Enough is enough. It's time to get the ball down, get the ball in the strike zone, use all my pitches.'"

For Richmond, who worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, it was his second big-league win. His only other win came Sept. 25, 2008, against the Orioles.

--Jays hitting coach Gene Tenace remembers facing the late Mark (The Bi

rd) Fidrych at Tiger Stadium in 1976. "He's out there talking to the ball telling it what to do," Tenace said. "I stepped out and spoke to my bat, telling it: 'Don't pay attention to what he's telling the ball.' He filled Tiger Stadium, I can tell you that."

--LHP Bill Murphy was surprised to get the call to move up from Class AAA Las Vegas after RHP Jesse Litsch was placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. "It was a shock," Murphy said. "There are a lot of great guys down there at Triple-A pitching well. Hopefully I'll just do what these guys are doing now, find a way to win and just do my job."

BY THE NUMBERS: 25-47 -- Strikes to pitches that closer B.J. Ryan has thrown this season through two appearances.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'll run him out there again, I'll run him out there as many times as you can." -- Manager Cito Gaston, on how he'll continue to go to struggling LHP B.J. Ryan in save situations.

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