TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 16: J.P. Arencibia #9 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates his two-run home run against the New York Yankees during MLB action at the Rogers Centre May 16, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
During Thursday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia was hit on his right hand by a foul-tip, forcing him to leave the game. Not too long after his exit, the Jays announced Arencibia suffered a fracture to his right hand and is expected to miss 6 weeks. Arencibia joins a long list of injured Blue Jays on the year.
Arencibia Update: fractured right hand. Expected to miss 6 weeks— Blue Jays-Official(@BlueJays) July 26, 2012
The team is now looking at Jeff Mathis and Yan Gomes sharing time behind the plate. The team's top prospect, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, would be a candidate for a call up had he not suffered from a torn PCL. He is not expected to be healthy for another 2-4 weeks.
Arencibia, 26, got off to an extremely slow start on the season but improved his batting line to .242/.279/.466 on the year over 80 games (299 plate appearances).