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Raffy Lopez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
With three catchers above him on the depth chart on the disabled list with injuries, Lopez has settled in as the team's top backstop. However, after appearing in each of the past three games, Lopez will get a breather Tuesday, affording Michael Ohlman a turn behind the plate.
Raffy Lopez will start at catcher and bat eighth Monday against the Rays, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.
With the Blue Jays' top three catchers -- Russell Martin (oblique), Miguel Montero (groin) and Luke Maile (knee) on the disabled list -- Lopez has emerged as the preferred option behind the plate. He'll draw his third straight start Monday, but look for him to settle into a backup role before long. Montero is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday and should be activated over the weekend.
Raffy Lopez entered Friday's game against the Pirates in the second inning after starter Russell Martin suffered a strained oblique, The Associated Press reports.
Per Laura Armstrong of The Toronto Star, Martin will undergo an MRI on his oblique Saturday, but manager John Gibbons said, "Those injuries are never good." The veteran backstop is likely headed to the DL, but even so, Lopez's role as the everyday catcher is not locked in. Miguel Montero (groin) is eligible to return Sunday, meaning fantasy owners may want to wait for the weekend news to cover all angles of the Jays' catching dilemma before buying too quickly on Lopez.
Raffy Lopez was recalled by the Blue Jays on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
With Miguel Montero (groin) hitting the disabled list, Lopez gets the call to the show to add some needed depth at catcher. Lopez's call-up marks his first stint in the major leagues since an eight-game stretch with the Reds last season. He was slashing .293/.368/.551 over 59 games at Triple-A Buffalo prior to his promotion.
Raffy Lopez is expected to be recalled prior to Friday's game against the Astros, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
With Luke Maile recovering from a knee procedure and Miguel Montero nursing a sore groin, the Blue Jays suddenly find themselves in need of a catcher. Enter Lopez, a 29-year-old backstop slashing .293/.368/.551 over 59 games with Triple-A Buffalo this season who appeared in eight games for the Reds last year. The promotion may be on a temporary basis, however, meaning he'll be back to serving as organizational depth shortly.