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J.P. Arencibia out six weeks after fracturing right hand

Jul 25, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

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More unfortunate injury news for the Blue Jays.

From beat writer Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com comes word that Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia suffered a fractured right hand during Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Athletics and will be out of commission for approximately six weeks.

The 26-year-old took a foul tip off the top of his hand in the top of the second inning and was replaced behind the dish by backup catcher Jeff Mathis. It didn’t take long for X-rays to reveal the break.

Arencibia did not make a plate appearance on Wednesday. He’s batting .242 with a .745 OPS, 16 home runs and 50 RBI through 81 games this season. Mathis will presumably become the Jays’ primary backstop.

  1. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Too bad. After a slow start, he’s been on fire.

    • hittfamily - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      1 up, 3 down. Thumbers need to glance at his July. Dude was the best catcher in the AL this month.

  2. jaysjunkie - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Well, it had been a whole week since Lawrie got injured…the Jays were overdue, weren’t they?

    What a night…first a drubbing by the A’s and then this. :>/

  3. nbjays - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Holy crap! Is there a healthy player left on the team? Time to bring up Travis d’Arnaud up to the show to backup Mathis – now that he’ll be the Jays’ regular catcher, his uninjured days are numbered, aren’t they?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      He’s on the DL in Las Vegas with an injured knee.

      • nbjays - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        *sigh* Of course he is… might as well bring him up injured… save him the bother of getting hurt on the big club. Man, what a season so far!

    • hockeylib - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Travis is not ready to be called up as he was injured in AAA few weeks back.

  4. pinkfloydprism - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Was it a donut?

  5. paint771 - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Arencibia’s been hitting .321 in July with a .736 slugging.

    And Romero’s pitching line for tonight? 1.1 4 8 8 6 1

    Jebus man. Talk about snakebit. As much resiliency as they’ve shown this year, this has gotten beyond ridiculous.

  6. nygdriveforfive - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    It would be a perfect time to bring up d’Arnaud but Atwater called it, he is hurt. I’m really not looking forward to 6 weeks of mathis that’s for sure.

  7. paint771 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    The good news is, now Jeff Mathis is pitching. Because when your primary catcher is hurt, there’s no better way to protect against injury than pitch for the Toronto Blue Jays.

    I’m half expecting a meteor strike.

  8. Bryz - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Just so you know, the title of this article says Arencibia fractured his right hand, while the story says he fractured his left.

    • Drew Silva - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      Oops. Thank you.

  9. jaysfan64 - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Does it ever end?? Can’t remember ever seeing a Jays’ season so wrecked by injuries….

  10. yarguy - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    Since Yan Gomes primary position in the minors was catcher, I would imagine that the Jays will go with him and Mathis while JP is out.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:05 AM

      Trivia note: Gomes was Arencibia’s back up in college. One of the pitchers Arencibia caught in college was Hochevar.

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