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Blue Jays recall Lynden’s Taubenheim

Lynden’s Ty Taubenheim is back in the big leagues.

The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Taubenheim from Class AAA Syracuse on Tuesday when it put pitcher A.J. Burnett on the disabled list.

“He’s excited,” said Jim Taubenheim, Ty’s father, who spoke with his son on Tuesday afternoon.“He’s packing his things right now, getting ready to go to Toronto. He loves to play baseball.”

Taubenheim, a 2001 Lynden graduate, will start against Colorado on Saturday at Toronto. In 11 starts with Syracuse this season, the 24-year-old has a 3-5 record with a 5.63 ERA.

Taubenheim could not be reached for comment.

“He’s the hot hand right now,” Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi told The Associated Press. “We’re just going to go with the guy who’s pitching the best.”

This is the second time the right-hander has been called up. He made seven starts for the Blue Jays last season, going 1-5 with a 4.89 ERA. But his season was hampered by a staph infection on his toe that sent him to the disabled list in July, and he finished the season at Class AAA.

“He pitched OK,” manager John Gibbons said. We liked everything about him out there. We figured it was a matter of time this year before he came up and helped us out.”

Taubenheim might only get one start. The move to put Burnett on the disabled list was retroactive to June 13, and the Blue Jays hope he will be ready to start on June 28 at Minnesota.

If Burnett is unable to go, Taubenheim might make the trip to Seattle when the Blue Jays play the Mariners for a three-game series June 29 through July 1 at Safeco Field.

Taubenheim traveled with Toronto to Seattle last July, despite being on the disabled list at the time.Ricciardi said Burnett could have made his scheduled start against Colorado on Saturday, but the team decided to “err on the side of caution.”

Burnett, 5-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 14 starts this season, left his last start in San Francisco on June 12 because of pain in his shoulder. He felt pain again during a throwing session Sunday but was still able to play catch with pitching coach Brad Arnsberg before Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles.

Burnett, who had two stints on the disabled list last season, had been the only Toronto starter to take all his turns in the rotation this season. Josh Towers pitched in Burnett’s place against Washington on Sunday.

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