08/21/12 11:11 PM ET
With Torrealba, Blue Jays get veteran presence
By Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com
As expected, catcher Yorvit Torrealba joined the club in Detroit for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers. Torrealba recently signed a Minor League contract, and after a brief four-game appearance for Double-A New Hampshire, he received the anticipated promotion.
Torrealba joined the club after being waived by the Rangers, but he needed some time to get ready since he hadn't appeared in a big league game since July 27.
"After sitting in my house for quite a while -- two weeks, almost three weeks -- it felt good to be on the field," said Torrealba, who is hitting .236 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 43 games. "I was in Double-A for four games and finally in the big leagues again. It's definitely a great feeling."
Torrealba faces the unenviable task of learning to work with a new pitching staff with just six weeks remaining in the season. Manager John Farrell said that Torrealba will catch relievers in the bullpen and take part in starters' side sessions in order to get acclimated as quickly as possible.
The 34-year-old Torrealba will split duties with Jeff Mathis until J.P. Arencibia is able to return from a fractured right hand.
Torrealba said that a couple of other teams were interested in his services but that the opportunity for more playing time in Toronto won out.
"Whenever I'm playing, I'm going to try to help the team win and do my job," he said. "Obviously, they have a starting catcher that's hurt right now, Arencibia, and when he comes back, I'm sure he's going to be playing every day.
"He's the future in this organization, and I think he was doing really well before he got hurt. But like I said, I'm not worried about it, and [I'll] just try to take advantage of the opportunity they're giving me."
Torrealba is a career .258 hitter, with 154 homers and 321 RBIs in parts of 12 seasons at the big league level.
Lawrie's rehab assignment put on hold
DETROIT -- Brett Lawrie's rehab assignment was shut down on Monday after just two games because of soreness in his left oblique.
Lawrie has been out since straining the oblique area during a game against Oakland on Aug. 3. He was later sent to work out at the club's Minor League complex in Dunedin, Fla., before appearing in a pair of games over the weekend.
Everything seemed to be going as planned until the 22-year-old woke up on Monday morning with increased discomfort. He will be shut down until at least Monday, and manager John Farrell didn't eliminate the possibility that Lawrie might not be able to return at all this season.
"We haven't come to that point in time yet," Farrell said of Lawrie's season coming to an end. "The most important thing is for him to get back to being symptom-free and to progress from there. But we can't rule anything out at this point.
"The most important thing is that he needs additional rest right now. Somewhat of a puzzling thing at this point. [During] BP, the baseball activity leading up to the games in which he played, there were no recurring symptoms, and yet after Sunday's game he woke up Monday feeling the soreness, and as a result we shut him down."
Lawrie went 0-for-4 in his two rehab games before the setback. When he sustained the injury, there was hope that a stint on the disabled list could be avoided, but it became clear in the ensuing days that would not be the case.
The native of Langley, British Columbia, has been forthright about his condition -- a welcome change, as players are normally tight-lipped about such things in an effort to play as often as possible.
"I think he's well aware now that he's got to express anything that he is feeling to get back to the point of being able to go day in and day out in the lineup," Farrell said. "It's unfortunate, but yet, at the same time, this is the situation that he and we are dealing with."
Lawrie is hitting .282 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs in 100 games this season.
Rehab game for Bautista, Lind rained out
DETROIT -- Jose Bautista and Adam Lind hit a slight bump on their road to recovery on Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.
The heart of the Blue Jays' lineup was scheduled to appear in a rehab game for Class A Dunedin, only to have it postponed because of rain.
With more showers on the way for Wednesday, the pair will instead take part in a simulated game before flying to New Hampshire to join the Fisher Cats in Double-A.
"I think, for both guys, just the fact that they're back on the field, they're going to need some at-bats to gain some overall comfort, additional confidence and, obviously, timing at the plate," manager John Farrell said. "We're making progress in those two areas."
It would have been the second rehab game for Bautista and the first for Lind, who has been out with a back injury since July 25. Both are expected to need at least a couple more games before making a return, but the fact that they are getting closer to being ready is welcome news to an injury-riddled squad.
Bautista made his first appearance in a rehab game on Monday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a walk as designated hitter for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays.
He has been out since spraining his left wrist while swinging a bat during a game against the Yankees on July 16. He is batting .244 with 27 homers and 65 RBIs in 90 games.