The Blue Jays demoted starting pitcher Jesse Litsch on Tuesday, sending the 26-year-old right-hander to triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.

To fill his spot on the roster, Toronto activated relief pitcher Frank Francisco from the 15-day disabled list.

Litsch made three starts for the Blue Jays this season, with a 1-1 record and 3.63 ERA. He gave up seven earned runs in 17.1 innings, with seven walks and 16 strikeouts. He won a career-high 13 games in 2008, and owns a career record of 22-25 over parts of five seasons with the Blue Jays.