CLEVELAND -- Casey Janssen made a successful rehab appearance on Saturday for Double-A New Hampshire.
The Blue Jays placed Janssen on the disabled list with a strained right forearm on June 16, and Saturday marked his first rehab outing.
In the 7-6 New Hampshire victory, Janssen threw 13 pitches in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
"[Casey threw] a very good inning of work last night, a clean inning," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He felt good after the game."
Janssen's injury interrupted what had begun as a solid 2011 season. In his first 22 outings, Janssen posted a 1.61 ERA and held opponents to a .200 batting average. In six June appearances, when his injury began hampering him, Janssen had an 8.44 ERA, while opponents hit .360 against him.
Janssen will make his second rehab appearance on Monday, but no further activity has been determined.
"There's no definite timetable yet," Farrell said. "Most importantly, he's answering the question of the health issue. That hasn't reoccurred. And, after his outing [on Monday], there's no doubt [Blue Jays GM] Alex [Anthopoulos] and I will speak and make a decision going forward on changes to the roster, changes to the staff."
Litsch scuffling with Las Vegas
TORONTO -- Jesse Litsch, who had a rough outing on Saturday for Triple-A Las Vegas, won't be called back up immediately.
Litsch fell to 0-2 with Las Vegas, giving up nine runs on 10 hits and three walks while lasting 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five. In addition to being winless, Litsch has a 14.34 ERA for Las Vegas.
"Physically, he's fine," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "His stuff is what we've seen when he was healthy here in Toronto."
Litsch, who has been on the disabled list since May 19 with a right shoulder impingement, was 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA in eight starts before he was injured.
"Right now, he would be on turn for next Friday, still with Las Vegas," Farrell said.
Patterson starts in right as Encarnacion rests
CLEVELAND -- Edwin Encarnacion got a day of rest before the All-Star break on Sunday, and Corey Patterson returned to the Blue Jays' lineup for the first time since Tuesday.
Patterson got the start in right field, so Eric Thames moved from his usual spot to designated hitter in place of Encarnacion, the team's regular DH.
Encarnacion was hitless in Saturday's 5-4 win after going 4-for-5 the night before. Patterson came off the bench in both games, but did not bat in either.
Patterson, a career .253 hitter, is batting .258 with six homers and 31 RBIs in 79 games this season.
Patterson's 2011 numbers are slightly better than those of Encarnacion, who is hitting .255 with six taters and 19 RBIs in 70 games.
Stephen Ellsesser is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.