Blue Jays' Arencibia could return to lineup Friday

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

TORONTO - Catcher J.P. Arencibia was 1-for-5 with a double and a walk as class-A Dunedin lost 7-5 to Clearwater in 12 innings Sunday night in Dunedin.

Arencibia served as the DH in his first rehab outing since his right hand was fractured on July 25.

Dunedin begins its best-of-three Florida State League South Division playoffs against Lakeland on Tuesday. Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Arencibia could return Friday in Boston or next week, after the Jays finish their weekend series at Fenway Park.

“We’re trying to get his timing back at the plate first,” said Farrell, who spoke to Arencibia three times Sunday. Arencibia has been catching bullpen sessions as well as pitches from a pitching machine in an effort to get his legs in game shape.

Jeff Mathis and Yorvit Torrealba have been splitting time behind the plate for the Blue Jays since Arencibia was injured.

REINFORCEMENTS

Jason Frasor, who has not pitched for the Blue Jays since July 16 (right forearm), was in the clubhouse accepting welcome-back hugs, after two rehab outings at class-A Dunedin ... Brett Cecil, who helped kick-start the fund-raising drive for Elisse Malave with a $1,000 donation, arrived from triple-A Las Vegas. Scheduled for open-heart surgery Sept. 17, Elisse is the granddaughter of long-time Jays minor-league coach, Omar Malave, Cecil’s former manager. Cecil was 4-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 15 starts with triple-A Las Vegas. After making all but one of his 75 appearances as a starter, Cecil will now be used out of the bullpen. He worked the final two innings on Monday, allowing a run on three hits, two walks and a hit batter.

COULDN’T GET OFF WORK?

The Jays drew only 17,220 fans to their Labour Day matinee. Yet, Labour Day is still not the same attraction as other holiday day weekends. The Jays are averaging 20,905 the previous five Labour Days that the Jays have been home ... The Jays drew 27,573 fans to see the Boston Red Sox a year ago as a high and 13,153 to see the Minnesota Twins in 2009. On the season, the Jays are averaging 27,243 fans, up from 22,856 from a year ago after 66 home dates.

FUN MONTH

The Jays remain oh-for-September and have lost 21 of their past 30 games, including three straight. The loss Monday ended a four-game home win streak against Baltimore ... It was the seventh time this season the Jays have been shut out and the third at Rogers Centre, the last time being the historic 16-0 loss to the Oakland A’s — the Jays’ most lopsided shutout loss in club history.


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