With Brandon Morrow set to rejoin the Blue Jays rotation on Thursday, either Jo-Jo Reyes or Jesse Litsch had to go.

Unfortunately for Litsch, despite outperforming Reyes this season – 1-1, 3.63 ERA vs. 0-2, 6.75 ERA, there was one number stacked against his odds of remaining with the club as a starter.

Unlike Reyes, the 26-year-old Litsch has minor league options left, which means that he can be demoted without being exposed to waiver claims. Now wanting to lose Reyes to another club, the Jays optioned Litsch to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday to make room on the roster for closer-in-waiting Frank Francisco.