Saturday, April 18, 2009

Michael Barrett injured; prospect Arencibia to get the call?

In the 4th inning debacle on Friday by starter David Purcey, the southpaw unleashed a wild pitch allowing the tying run to score. Catcher Michael Barrett tried to gun down Bobby Crosby at the plate, but in the process, injured his shoulder. It's an unfortunate situation for Barrett, because he had just worked his way back from a near career ending injury last season after he fouled a pitch off his face...

This injury, which will undoubtedly put Barrett on the disabled list, could have a ripple effect on the Blue Jays farm system. Upon first blush, it'd be great to see catching prospect J.P. Arencibia called up from AAA to take Barrett's spot. However, the more likely scenario is called up veteran Raul Chavez to take his spot. Chavez nearly beat out Barrett for the backup catcher's job in the spring. A somewhat surprising decision could be to bring up Brian Jeroloman from AA New Hampshire, because he is considered a very good defensive catcher, one that could very well back-up Arencibia in the not so distant future. Why not get his feet wet now?

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