Friday, June 26, 2009

Barajas injures hamstring in 2nd inning

The injuries continue to mount up for the Blue Jays. Starting catcher Rod Barajas strained his right hamstring running to 1st base in the 2nd inning. He was replaced on the base paths by Raul Chavez. Barajas was given a day off Saturday against the Nationals to rest the sore hammy, but has started in all 5 games since then.

The options to replace Barajas in the minor leagues might not be ready for the big stage. Michael Barrett has been on a rehab assignment since injuring his shoulder in April, playing three games in class AA New Hampshire and three in AAA Las Vegas. Another option is top prospect J.P. Arencibia, though he is hitting just .227 with a respectable 8 long balls and 37 RBI in 64 games for Las Vegas. Arencibia has hit for a weak .150 average in his last 10 ball games.

Let's hope the injury to Barajas is day to day, because Chavez is definitely not a starting caliber catcher, Barrett might not be totally healed, and Arencibia still needs seasoning in the minors.

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