Blue Jays designate RHP Towers for assignment

Updated: June 27, 2006, 7:58 PM ET

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays officially have given up on Josh Towers.

The Blue Jays on Tuesday designated the righthander for assignment after an horrendous start to the 2006 campaign.

After going 13-12 with a 3.71 ERA in 33 starts, the Blue Jays had hoped the 29-year-old was ready to become a consistent winner and help Toronto challenge the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox for supremacy in the American League East. Instead, Towers went the other way.

Towers started the season by losing his first seven starts, was sent to Class AAA Syracuse on May 24, returned three weeks later and was designated with a record of 1-9 and a 9.11 ERA.

To replace Towers, Toronto activated righthander Pete Walker. The reliever is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 19 games.

Rookie righthander Ty Taubenheim will start in Towers' spot Saturday against Philadelphia.

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