TORONTO -- Jeff Mathis will assume the role of starting catcher, with utility man Yan Gomes filling in as the backup in the wake up J.P. Arencibia's fractured right hand and trip to the 15-day disabled list.
Arencibia, the club's starting catcher, is expected to miss at least six weeks after taking a foul ball off his hand in the second inning of Wednesday's 16-0 loss to Oakland.
"Probably the bulk of it, but that doesn't mean it's going to be six or seven days a week," manager John Farrell said when asked if Mathis would be his new starting catcher. "He goes from a kind of traditional role to the frontline guy. We have to be careful."
Mathis had only been seeing action behind the dish roughly once a week, so Farrell doesn't want to overuse him, so he will turn to Gomes "Probably two to three days a week at this point."
Arencibia will head home to Miami, and said he will be watching the team every game and provide moral support. Since the injury is to his hand, he will be unable to rehab while he remains in a cast, but said he will work his legs on a stationary bike and try to stay in game shape as much as possible, while eyeing a September return.
The blow couldn't come at a worse time for the Blue Jays, as the club is already without All-Star right fielder Jose Bautista (left wrist inflammation), which prompted Farrell to move Arencibia up in the lineup to the No. 5 spot. Arencibia, who left Wednesday's game before recording an at-bat, was on a tear, hitting .357 with five homers and 12 RBIs over his past 13 games.
The tough part, he says, will be finding that rhythm once he returns, but he plans on taking notes to remind himself what was working well for him.
"I felt good, I've made adjustments that have made me more consistent," said Arencibia, who has 16 homers and 50 RBIs. "I have felt locked in in one of those zones that you feel like you don't miss mistakes."
Arencibia said he has broken fingers before, but has never spent more than seven days on the DL in his professional career. He admits it will be a difficult time for him being away from the field.
"I don't like to ever come out of a game, and I don't like to ever not play," he said. "It's not cool."
Struggling Romero staying in rotation
TORONTO -- Despite ace Ricky Romero's prolonged struggles, manager John Farrell does not intend to remove the left-hander from the rotation -- at least not yet.
Romero, who turned in the shortest outing of his career in a 16-0 loss to the A's on Wednesday, surrendered eight earned runs and walked six batters to lose his sixth consecutive start, becoming the first Blue Jays pitcher since Josh Towers in 2006 to lose that many in a row.
Toronto would likely skip Romero in the rotation before sending him down to the Minor Leagues to correct what's plaguing him, but all options are currently on the table.
"We haven't had those in-depth conversations yet, but I know that we will," Farrell said when asked if the team had considered skipping his next turn. "That's not to elude that we are going to take him out of the rotation, but we exchanged a number of thoughts into the early morning last night and we will continue."
Farrell said that he spoke at length with general manager Alex Anthopoulos about Romero, whose ERA skyrocketed to 5.75 after Wednesday's drubbing.
Before any action is taken with Romero, Farrell said that he will have a talk with the 27-year-old and make further suggestions to him.
Farrell said to skip a starter, and not just Romero, would happen when a number of steps have been addressed without any beneficial results. As for a potential demotion to the Minors, Farrell said "It's premature to talk about Ricky in that way."
"He's scuffling," Farrell said about the southpaw, whose record sits at 8-7. "There have been games that he has put together a solid outing, pitched with conviction, and yet there are others that we've seen where that hasn't been the case."
What Farrell finds most puzzling, is that he felt in Wednesday's outing Romero showed some of the best power stuff they have seen from him in a number of outings.
Romero's battery mate, J.P. Arencibia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled after fracturing his right hand in Wednesday's game, agrees with his skipper that Romero's stuff is fine, regardless of the results.
"It's one of those things, when it goes bad it goes bad," Arencibia said. "He hasn't had much luck on his side to go with the consistency of being able to execute pitches. He will be fine. Everyone is this game goes through rough patches, tough times for an extended period of time. He is too good to not learn from this."
For Arencibia, he believes there is something tangible for Romero to work on and that he will get out of this rough stretch and be a better pitcher because of it.
"It's fastball command. When you can establish your fastball on both sides of the plate, it makes all the other stuff better," Arencibia said. "That's a big issue, especially in the Major Leagues.
"These guys are such good hitters that even a [Justin] Verlander -- if he's not locating, he's going to get hit. So I think that's a big part of it."
Crawford, Carreno recalled to aid taxed bullpen
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays have added two familiar faces to the bullpen in lefty Evan Crawford and right-hander Joel Carreno, who both arrived in Toronto Thursday morning after getting recalled following Toronto's loss on Wednesday.
Toronto's bullpen was taxed once again after Ricky Romero couldn't make it out of the second inning, which left the club with little options but to make a move to add some depth.
"We needed some reinforcement," manager John Farrell said.
Farrell views Crawford as someone who can log one inning of relief, with Carreno capable of throwing multiple frames out of the bullpen.
Both have spent time with Toronto and in the Minor Leagues this season, most recently at Triple-A Las Vegas.
In nine appearances with the Blue Jays, Crawford has a 7.04 ERA and 1.83 WHIP, while Carreno sports a 6.60 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in six games, two of which have been starts.
The two were needed after relievers Drew Carpenter and J.A. Happ were forced to throw an extended amount of pitches in the first two games of the series. Carpenter threw 67 pitches over four innings of relief in Wednesday's loss, while Happ, who was a starter with the Astros before coming to Toronto in a 10-player deal, threw 47 over 2 1/3 innings Tuesday.
"Happ is going to need a couple days to recover," Farrell said. "Carpenter is going to be down for three days."
With the additions of Crawford and Carreno, Toronto is once again working with an eight-man bullpen.
Chris Toman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.