Blue Jays need an experienced catcher for R.A. Dickey

Blue Jays catcher (left) Erik Kratz has been behind the plate for both of R.A. Dickey's spring...

Blue Jays catcher (left) Erik Kratz has been behind the plate for both of R.A. Dickey's spring training starts. (USA Today)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:56 AM ET

CLEARWATER, FLA. - It’s not moving George Bell to DH in favour of Syl Campusano in the outfield, but it’s up there among all-time lineup re-alignments.

OK, so you are the Blue Jays.

You have an ace.

He throws a knuckleball.

You want your catcher to be able to catch all his pitches as they dart, dash, flutter and burp on the way to the plate.

You have three of your first 10 games indoors and you want R.A. Dickey to win those starts.

So, you are auditioning Erik Kratz to catch Dickey as Josh Thole, who caught Dickey his Cy Young award-winning year with the New York Mets in 2012, watches.

Kratz caught Dickey’s first outing, his bullpens and was squatting again Tuesday night at Bright House Field.

Dickey issued a bases-loaded walk in the first to Bobby Abreu, Kratz had a passed ball in the second and Marlon Byrd hit a two-run homer in the third.

 


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