Jul 14, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT
The dreaded oblique strain has claimed another victim, with the Rays placing starting catcher John Jaso on the disabled list.
Jose Lobaton has been called up to take his spot on the roster after hitting well at Triple-A, but veteran Kelly Shoppach figures to see most of the playing time behind the plate.
Jaso and Shoppach were basically splitting time, although it wasn’t quite a true platoon, with the left-handed-hitting Jaso in the lineup 50 times and the right-handed-hitting Shoppach getting the nod 40 times.
Jaso has struggled following a very strong rookie season, with his batting average dropping from .263 to .222, his on-base percentage falling from .372 to .300, and his OPS declining from .750 to .639. And he’s also thrown out just 15 percent of stolen base attempts.
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