TORONTO - Brandon Morrow made his seventh start of the season Thursday night and for the first time J.P. Arencibia was back of the plate instead of veteran Jose Molina. In Wednesday’s afternoon game in New York, Molina caught for Jo-Jo Reyes as it was a day game following a night game. With Arencibia taking over as the everyday catcher, that means that on occasion he will also be catching Morrow.
“We stated about 10 days or so ago that Jose would take more of a traditional backup type role,” manager John Farrell said of his two catchers. “Just the way the schedule falls it gives us a situation where J.P. has got Brandon tonight. J.P. has clearly shown he has the ability to handle every guy on our staff and I think Brandon is comfortable with J.P. behind the plate as well.”
Under the knife
Left-hander Jesse Carlson, who has not appeared in a game this season, including spring training, had his season come to an end Thursday when he underwent shoulder surgery to repair a tear in his rotator cuff. The operation was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Right-hander Jesse Litsch, who is on the DL due to right shoulder impingement, will see Dr. Steve Mirabella on Friday as he felt “discomfort” when he initiated a throwing program from 90 feet, Farrell reported. Initially the Jays thought Litsch would miss just two starts with Carlos Villanueva filling in, but now it will be a longer process than first believed. “To what extent, we’ll know tomorrow,” Farrell said.
Sticks with Reyes
Reyes can establish a major league record in his next start if he doesn’t get a win. If he receives a loss or a no-decision, it will become the 29th consecutive game he has started without gaining a victory which would be one more than the 28 held by himself, Oakland Athletics’ Matt Keough and Boston Brave Cliff Curtis. In 10 starts with the Jays this season, Reyes is 0-4. He will get the start Monday when the Jays open a series against the Cleveland Indians. “Right now he’s scheduled to go again on Monday,” Farrell said.