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Morrow, Francisco set to return

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Brandon Morrow and Frank Francisco are scheduled to return to the Blue Jays from the disabled list this week and there will be some shuffling of a staff that has 13 pitchers.

After pitching four innings for high-A Dunedin (Fla.) on Sunday, Morrow is on schedule to pitch on regular rest next Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

That would be in the spot currently occupied by left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, who gave up seven hits, five walks and four runs over three innings in taking the loss as Boston beat the Blue Jays Saturday.

Reyes is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts. He is out of options so to demote him he would have to clear waivers. On the other hand, right-hander Jesse Litsch has options left and can be demoted without clearing waivers.

A day after Reyes' loss, Litsch was a little better in allowing seven hits, one walk and six runs (four earned) in six innings in Boston's 8-1 win on Sunday.

His big mistake was a fastball that was in the middle of the plate in the second inning that Jacoby Ellsbury smacked for a three-run homer. "It was going to be a fastball inside and I threw it right down the middle," Litsch said. "It was 2-0, I fell behind and he got me."

Morrow will be an improvement in the rotation whatever move is made.

Litsch pitched well in spots Sunday and is 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts.

"I went out and threw my game and gave up the home run to Ellsbury and pitched well after that," Litsch said. "It's one of those things where you've got to work through it and deal with what happens around it."

He retired 13 in a row after the homer.

"I felt great the whole game," he said. "There were some unfortunate events. There's some stuff you can't control and you've got to go out there and pitch and that's what I did. I went out there and pitched and got them off-balance, which is what I needed to do. I was able to throw everything for a strike today and threw the ball well."

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