Such is the life of a 3rd string catcher, I suppose.
When the Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran backstop Yorvit Torrealba, it was done with the express purpose of providing support for Jeff Mathis, who had become the primary starting catcher for the team while JP Arencibia rehabbed a broken hand. With Arencibia back, and an opportunity for Torrealba to contribute to a major league team elsewhere, the Blue Jays parted ways with the 34-year old, trading Torrealba to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Torrealba, who will be joining his 7th team in his 10-year career, will now have a chance to join the wild card race in the NL, with the Brewers nipping at the heels of the Cardinals for the 2nd wild card spot (they’re 2 1/2 back at the moment). While with the Blue Jays, the catcher made 10 appearances (7 starts), posting a .214/.267/.321 triple slash over 28 AB – which was actually better than Mathis’ post-break .200/.223/.320 numbers, and should give a pretty stark picture of what kind of production that Blue Jays have gotten from that spot since Arencibia was injured.
Not that Arencibia has been doing particularly well since returning from injury; timing and strength is apparently still an issue with the Blue Jays catcher, and he’s struggled as a result, notching just a pair of hits in 33 AB while striking out at a ridiculous-even-for-him 38.9% clip. Not an entirely unexpected result given the type of slow-starter Arencibia has been (September is basically a write-off…not just for him, but for most of the Blue Jays), but talk about limping to the finish line – yikes.