Bank on Henry Blanco as Blue Jays' backup catcher

It looks like Henry Blanco has beaten out Josh Thole to be the Blue Jays No. 2 catcher. (CRAIG...

It looks like Henry Blanco has beaten out Josh Thole to be the Blue Jays No. 2 catcher. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUSTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 PM ET

DUNEDIN, FLA. - In the race for the Blue Jays backup catching job, youth didn’t have its day.

Henry Blanco will be the No. 2 catcher this season in back of J.P. Arencibia.

The Jays have not made any official announcement on who won the backup job just yet but all signs point to it being Blanco. The official word will come some time this week.

The 41-year-old native of Venezuela beat out Josh Thole, 26, who was the No. 1 catcher for the New York Mets the past two seasons.

Blanco brings a wealth of experience to the job and his No. 1 priority with the Jays will be on the days that R. A. Dickey pitches. Blanco is proficient with catching the elusive knuckleball having worked with Dickey in 2010 with the Mets.

If any injury strikes down Arencibia, then Thole will be called up from triple-A Buffalo to take over the regular duties.


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