Torrealba to split time behind the plate

Torrealba to split time behind the plate

Torrealba to split time behind the plate
TORONTO -- Veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba is expected to join the Blue Jays when they travel to Detroit on Tuesday.

Toronto signed Torrealba to a Minor League contract on Tuesday and assigned him to Double-A New Hampshire. The plan all along was to bring him up to the big league club but since Torrealba hasn't played since July 27 there was a need to get him some Minor League at-bats.

"To get him some timing, he'll probably DH and catch while at New Hampshire just to get the at-bats and then right now projects to meet us in Detroit," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said.

"The one thing that we've communicated to Yorvit, is that there would be a time split when he comes here. I don't have on a game calendar the exact games he's going to catch but we'll look to split it up."

Torrealba will share the catching duties with veteran Jeff Mathis until starter J.P. Arencibia returns from a fractured right hand. Arencibia had his cast removed on Wednesday but will need to go through a lengthy rehab until he is ready to return to the big league club.

"He has been placed in a soft cast," Farrell said. "We'll go through a week of strengthening right now. The X-rays did show that there is obvious healing to the fracture he sustained and after a week of strengthening we'll look to get a bat in his hands and look to do some low-level dry swings to start that movement again."