Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:23:42 -0800
The plan is for Toronto Blue Jays C Erik Kratz to continue working with SP R.A. Dickey this spring, meaning Kratz has the inside track over C Josh Thole for the job to back up C Dioner Navarro. However, manager John Gibbons is saying not to read anything into it, despite praising Kratz's work with the knuckleballer.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:41:19 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia (knee) was scratched from the lineup with right knee soreness Wednesday, Aug. 7. C Josh Thole will receive the start.
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:24:36 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled 3B Andy LaRoche and C Josh Thole from the minors Friday, June 7, and designated C Henry Blanco for assignment in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: LaRoche and Thole will serve as depth and should only be considered in deep AL-only formats.
Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:52:00 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays sent RP Dave Bush and C Josh Thole to minor league camp Monday, March 25.
Fantasy Tip: Henry Blanco won the backup job to J.P. Arencibia, but Thole could will be recalled at some point this season. Blanco and Thole are only valuable in deep two-catcher leagues and AL-only formats.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:45:15 -0700
Toronto Blue Jays SP J.A. Happ and C Josh Thole are expected to start the season in the minors. Happ figures to draw significant trade interest, but Toronto thinks he has value starting or relieving at Class AAA, according to a major league executive familiar with the team's plans. C Henry Blanco has the edge as the backup catcher, but the team thinks Thole will be valuable over the next few years.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:22:31 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed that SP R.A. Dickey will have a personal catcher this season. Gibbons seems to be leaning toward using Cs Josh Thole or Henry Blanco over C J.P. Arencibia, though, since both Thole and Blanco have experience catching Dickey with the New York Mets. However, Arencibia has been working with Dickey in recent bullpen sessions and will play with him for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:14:43 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia will be behind the plate Sunday, Feb. 24, and will catch SP R.A. Dickey Monday, Feb. 25. C Josh Thole will be the starting catcher in the spring opener Saturday, Feb. 23.
Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:02:54 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays C J.P. Arencibia is unlikely to catch SP R.A. Dickey on opening day, with Cs Henry Blanco or Josh Thole in the running to catch Dickey in the season opener. Both Blanco and Thole caught Dickey for the New York Mets, and they'll both catch Dickey in spring games. "If you've got any pitcher on your staff that clearly works better with (a particular) catcher, it would be stupid not to do it that way," manager John Gibbons said.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:41:57 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays C Henry Blanco is the favorite to serve as the backup to C J.P. Arencibia this year. Blanco will face competition from C Josh Thole this spring, though, but Thole has minor league options remaining.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:05:42 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday, Jan. 18, that C Josh Thole has established himself as a major league player, but if everything goes according to plan, he is expected to begin the season with Triple-A Buffalo.
Fantasy Tip: Thole is behind Cs J.P. Arencibia and Henry Blanco on the organizational depth chart right now, but the GM stopped short of saying the backup job is Blanco's to lose. Still, even if Thole somehow finds himself in Toronto to open the year, he would only be worth a look in the deepest of AL-only fantasy leagues at this point.