With Torrealba, Blue Jays get veteran presence

With Torrealba, Blue Jays get veteran presence

With Torrealba, Blue Jays get veteran presence
DETROIT -- The Blue Jays have gone through a youth movement in recent weeks as injuries forced the early promotion of prospects, but on Tuesday a veteran was added to the mix.

As expected, catcher Yorvit Torrealba joined the club in Detroit for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers. Torrealba recently signed a Minor League contract, and after a brief four-game appearance for Double-A New Hampshire, he received the anticipated promotion.

Torrealba joined the club after being waived by the Rangers, but he needed some time to get ready since he hadn't appeared in a big league game since July 27.

"After sitting in my house for quite a while -- two weeks, almost three weeks -- it felt good to be on the field," said Torrealba, who is hitting .236 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 43 games. "I was in Double-A for four games and finally in the big leagues again. It's definitely a great feeling."

Torrealba faces the unenviable task of learning to work with a new pitching staff with just six weeks remaining in the season. Manager John Farrell said that Torrealba will catch relievers in the bullpen and take part in starters' side sessions in order to get acclimated as quickly as possible.

The 34-year-old Torrealba will split duties with Jeff Mathis until J.P. Arencibia is able to return from a fractured right hand.

Torrealba said that a couple of other teams were interested in his services but that the opportunity for more playing time in Toronto won out.

"Whenever I'm playing, I'm going to try to help the team win and do my job," he said. "Obviously, they have a starting catcher that's hurt right now, Arencibia, and when he comes back, I'm sure he's going to be playing every day.

"He's the future in this organization, and I think he was doing really well before he got hurt. But like I said, I'm not worried about it, and [I'll] just try to take advantage of the opportunity they're giving me."

Torrealba is a career .258 hitter, with 154 homers and 321 RBIs in parts of 12 seasons at the big league level.