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J.P. Arencibia Fractures Hand, Placed On Disabled List

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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)
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)
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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.

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).