Blue Jays' Henry Blanco (left) and R.A. Dickey walk to the field to start in a minor league game in Dunedin yesterday. It was the first time Blanco caught Dickey this spring. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)
DUNEDIN, FLA. - Henry Blanco was behind the plate for R.A. Dickey on Tuesday but manager John Gibbons warned not to read too much into it.
Still, it appears as if Blanco will be the one to backup J.P. Arencibia this season and become Dickey’s personal catcher. Blanco and Dickey worked together when the two were with the Mets in 2010.
Gibbons, however, was not prepared to anoint Blanco just yet.
“No, he’s the only one here that hasn’t caught him yet. J.P.’s been with him all spring (at the WBC) and (Josh) Thole caught him last year,” Gibbons said. “He’s the only guy we haven’t seen do it so he’ll go over there (minor league complex) and have him catch a couple of innings today. We know he can do it. He’s done it in the past.
“It won’t be too long before we decide which way we want to go.”
Dickey, meanwhile, worked two innings (27 pitches) and allowed one unearned run on one hit. He hit one batter and recorded one strikeout.