Blue Jays catcher Rod Barajas left Friday night’s game against the Phillies in the second inning with a strained right hamstring and was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Toronto’s 6-1 win.
With Barajas sidelined, the Jays selected the contract of catcher Kyle Phillips from Triple-A Las Vegas. To clear room on the 40-man roster for Phillips, Toronto transferred injured starter Shaun Marcum (right elbow) to the 60-day DL.
The Blue Jays will know more about the exent of Barajas’ injury on Saturday.
With two outs, Barajas sent a 3-1 pitch from Phillies lefty Cole Hamels up the middle for a single. After reaching first base, Barajas called for time, walked off the bag and was quickly met by Jays manager Cito Gaston and head trainer George Poulis.
Barajas jogged a few steps down the right-field line before deciding to head back to the clubhouse with Poulis. Backup catcher Raul Chavez entered the game as a pinch runner and remained behing the plate for the Jays.
On Saturday, Barajas was given a day off against the Nationals during a night game in Washington. Gaston said the veteran catcher was dealing with a sore hamstring and was in need of some rest. Barajas played on Sunday and started in each of Toronto’s three games against the Reds in Toronto earlier this week.
Barajas has appeared in 62 of the Blue Jays’ 74 games this season, often receiving a day off on a day game following a night game. Entering Friday’s game against Philadelphia, Barajas was hitting .263 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs.
The Blue Jays also had replacement options at Triple-A in veteran Michael Barrett and prospect J.P. Arencibia. Barrett is currently rehabbing from a right shoulder injury he suffered in April and needs more at-bats before returning to Toronto, according to general manager J.P. Ricciardi. Ricciardi added that Arencibia needs to continue playing every day with Vegas.
Barrett recently joined Vegas and has hit .308 in three games with Vegas after playing three games with Class A Dunedin. Arencibia is Toronto’s top catching prospect, but has hit just .227 with eight homers and 37 RBIs in 64 games for Las Vegas.
In 51 games between stints with Double-A New Hampshire and Vegas this year, Phillips has hit .302 with four homers and 13 RBIs. Phillips, 25, is the younger brother of former big-league catcher Jason Phillips, who also played for the Blue Jays from 2006-07.