08/19/12 6:36 PM ET
Hechavarria receives first start at second base
By Larry Millson / Special to MLB.com
It gave the Blue Jays a Cuban middle-infield combination -- with Yunel Escobar at his usual position of shortstop -- in what could be a glimpse of the future.
"Hechavarria has played some second base at [Triple-A] Las Vegas," manager John Farrell said. "We started that familiarity with the position at Spring Training.
"Looking forward to seeing that combination. Whether or not that's a glimpse into the future, that's [possible]. But with the lefty-righty [matchup], I felt like this was the best combination to put on the field today."
The Blue Jays were facing left-hander Matt Harrison in the rubber match of the three-game series with the Rangers. It also gave regular second baseman Kelly Johnson, who bats left-handed, two consecutive days off, including Monday's off-day, to rest some nagging leg injuries.
"He felt it a little bit in that same spot in the back of the knee that he was feeling earlier in the year on Friday night," Farrell said.
Hechavarria made 10 previous big league starts, nine at third base and one at shortstop.
Torrealba on track to join Blue Jays on Tuesday
TORONTO -- Catcher Yorvit Torrealba was on schedule to join the Blue Jays in Detroit on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old catcher, who last played in the Majors on July 27 before being released by the Rangers, was behind the plate for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday.
On the mound was right-hander Brandon Morrow, who was making his final Minor league rehabilitation start before rejoining the Blue Jays for a start either Friday or Saturday in Baltimore.
Torrealba went 1-for-2 while catching Morrow, who pitched 4 2/3 innings and threw 81 pitches. The right-hander allowed four hits, two walks and two runs while striking out four as the Fisher Cats defeated Altoona, 4-2.
Room already has been made for Torrealba on the Blue Jays' roster because after Sunday's game, catcher/infielder Yan Gomes was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, with a corresponding move to be made Tuesday.
Torrealba was signed last week to a Minor League contract and sent to New Hampshire to play in four games before joining the Blue Jays.
Torrealba will share the catching duties with Jeff Mathis while J.P. Arencibia is out with a broken hand.
Gomes was behind the plate for Sunday's game against the Rangers, and Mathis was a late addition to the lineup as the designated hitter because David Cooper was a late scratch with lower back tightness.
"Mathis has been going pretty much every day," manager John Farrell said. "My initial plan was to have [Gomes] catch the day game after the Friday night game. As well as Jeff and Carlos [Villanueva] have been working together, I thought that was a combination we wanted to keep together."
Third baseman Brett Lawrie (right oblique) came out of his rehabilitation outing in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday after one at-bat as a precaution because of wet conditions. He played for Class A Dunedin on Sunday and is scheduled to play another GCL game on Monday.
Right fielder Jose Bautista (left wrist) took some batting practice Sunday and is on schedule to start in a GCL game on Monday and then play three games with Dunedin. He could rejoin the Blue Jays on Friday in Baltimore.
Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.