Torrealba on track to join Blue Jays on Tuesday

Torrealba on track to join Blue Jays on Tuesday

Torrealba on track to join Blue Jays on Tuesday
TORONTO -- Catcher Yorvit Torrealba was on schedule to join the Blue Jays in Detroit on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old catcher, who last played in the Majors on July 27 before being released by the Rangers, was behind the plate for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday.

On the mound was right-hander Brandon Morrow, who was making his final Minor league rehabilitation start before rejoining the Blue Jays for a start either Friday or Saturday in Baltimore.

Torrealba went 1-for-2 while catching Morrow, who pitched 4 2/3 innings and threw 81 pitches. The right-hander allowed four hits, two walks and two runs while striking out four as the Fisher Cats defeated Altoona, 4-2.

Room already has been made for Torrealba on the Blue Jays' roster because after Sunday's game, catcher/infielder Yan Gomes was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, with a corresponding move to be made Tuesday.

Torrealba was signed last week to a Minor League contract and sent to New Hampshire to play in four games before joining the Blue Jays.

Torrealba will share the catching duties with Jeff Mathis while J.P. Arencibia is out with a broken hand.

Gomes was behind the plate for Sunday's game against the Rangers, and Mathis was a late addition to the lineup as the designated hitter because David Cooper was a late scratch with lower back tightness.

"Mathis has been going pretty much every day," manager John Farrell said. "My initial plan was to have [Gomes] catch the day game after the Friday night game. As well as Jeff and Carlos [Villanueva] have been working together, I thought that was a combination we wanted to keep together."