Jays call up youth

The Toronto Blue Jays called up several players for the home stretch of the season Tuesday, including right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Adam Loewen of Surrey, B.C.

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays called up several players for the home stretch of the season Tuesday, including right-hander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Adam Loewen of Surrey, B.C.

The Blue Jays also called up right-handed pitchers Chad Beck and Danny Farquhar, left-hander Brad Mills and first baseman David Cooper from triple-A Las Vegas. Major-league rosters are expanded from 25 to a maximum of 40 on Sept. 1.

Drabek, 23, was sent down on option to triple-A after his June 12 start. He was 5-4 with a 7.44 earned-run average for the Las Vegas 51s but Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that his stuff was better than his numbers indicated.

Drabek, acquired in December of 2009 as part of the deal that sent former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies, was 4-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 14 starts with Toronto.

The 27-year-old Loewen began his major-league career as a pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles before injuries forced him to the outfield.

He batted .306 with 17 homers and 85 runs batted in at Las Vegas.

Cooper won the Pacific Coast League batting title, hitting .364 with nine homers and 96 RBIs.

The 24-year-old batted .121 with one homer and five RBIs during his stint with Toronto.

Beck, 26, was 2-4 with a 6.70 ERA in eight starts with Las Vegas and was 7-4 with a 3.69 ERA in 22 games, 14 starts, with double-A New Hampshire.

The 24-year-old Farquhar was 4-5 with a 4.07 ERA and 15 saves in 54 appearances with Las Vegas.

Mills, 26, was 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA in 24 starts at Las Vegas and 1-2 with an 8.35 ERA in four starts with Toronto.

The players are expected to be with Toronto on Wednesday.