Jays decide not to put Barajas on DL
Catcher day-to-day after tweaking right hamstring Friday
TORONTO -- Rod Barajas isn't on the disabled list after all. On Saturday morning, the Blue Jays catcher felt better after tweaking his right hamstring one night earlier and the club decided against placing him on the shelf for two weeks.
Following Friday's 6-1 win over the Phillies, Toronto announced that Barajas was going to be placed on the 15-day DL. The Jays did not file the paperwork with the league office on Saturday morning, choosing to wait and see if Barajas really needed that much time to recover.
"He feels good today," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "To go and throw him on the DL for 15 days when the guy could be OK in a couple days, that would be a waste. So, we're just going to see what happens. He's day-to-day and we'll see what happens with that. If it gets worse, we might do something else."
For the time being, Barajas will serve as the backup to catcher Raul Chavez. Gaston said Barajas, who strained his hamstring while running to first base on a single in the second inning Friday, could catch in the event that Chavez was hurt. Gaston added that backup infielder John McDonald and first baseman Kevin Millar could also catch in an emergency situation.
On Friday night, the Blue Jays also announced that Minor League catcher Kyle Phillips was going to be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and right-hander Shaun Marcum (right elbow) would be transferred to the 60-day DL to vacate a spot on the 40-man roster. Both of those transactions have also been voided in light of Barajas' improvement.
Gaston said he wasn't sure how long Barajas might need to make a full recovery.
"We'll see how long we can get along without him," Gaston said. "This morning, he got out of bed and he felt better, so I don't know. That's why we use that ol' 'day-to-day.'"
Barajas received a day off Sunday in Washington in order to rest the same sore hamstring, but appeared in the next four games for the Jays. In 63 games this season, Barajas has hit .266 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs for Toronto.
Keeping Barajas in the fold also buys more time for veteran catcher Michael Barrett to recover from the right shoulder injury he suffered in April. Barrett has moved his rehab to Triple-A Las Vegas, but still needs another week or so of at-bats before he can possibly be cleared to come off the DL, according to Gaston.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.