TORONTO (AP)-The Blue Jays designated infielder Jason Smith for assignment after the game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night, freeing up a roster spot for rookie right-hander Jesse Litsch.
Litsch will make his major league debut Tuesday in place of Roy Halladay, who is on the 15-day disabled list following an appendectomy last week.
Litsch was 3-4 with a 5.06 ERA for Double-A New Hampshire.
Smith was a Rule 5 draft pick from the Chicago Cubs organization last December. He appeared in 27 games with Toronto, batting .212 with no home runs and four RBIs.
``Smitty did a lot of good things for us,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ``Somebody has got to go.''
A seven-year veteran, Smith is a career .228 hitter with 11 homers and 44 RBIs. The Blue Jays are his fifth major league team.

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