Josh Thole

#22 C / Toronto Blue Jays / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 lb Age: 29 College: None Bats/Throws L/R

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    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Blue Jays recall Drew Hutchison to start Saturday; Thole optioned

      Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison has been recalled to start Saturday's game against the Tigers. Hutchison was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo following his most recent outing, a start on August 16. The Blue Jays did not need a fifth starter up until now, so they moved the young pitcher to the minors to keep him fresh. Hutchison is 12-2 this year, but he does own a 5.06 ERA over 24 starts with the Jays--a testiment to Toronto's offensive prowess. Hutchison did make a start for the Bisons since his demotion, allowing two runs on three hits over four innings on Sunday. To clear room for him on the roster, catcher Josh Thole has been optioned to Triple-A. He is expected to return to the club shortly after rosters expand on September 1.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Blue Jays recall C Josh Thole and option Matt Hague to Triple-A

      The Blue Jays have recalled catcher Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo. Thole was sent down to the minors in early June, after going 7 for 26 in nine games for Toronto. His numbers haven't gotten a whole lot better with Buffalo, as he owns a .228 average with no home runs in 45 games. But, Thole does have plenty of experience in catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels. So it is likely that Thole will be in the lineup for the series-finale on Sunday. To clear room on the roster, first baseman Matt Hague was sent down to Triple-A.

    • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

      Report: Blue Jays to recall C Josh Thole

      The Blue Jays will recall catcher Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo, according to the Toronto Sun. Thole hit .269 with two RBI in 26 at-bats for Toronto this season.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Blue Jays option C Josh Thole to Triple-A on Tuesday

      Following their loss in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Blue Jays have optioned catcher Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo, according to TSN. Thole started in the first game, catching R.A. Dickey. He had two hits in four at-bats in the 2-0 defeat. In limited playing time as Russell Martin's backup behind the dish, Thole is hitting just .269 (7 for 26) this season. His demotion opens up a roster spot for Dioner Navarro, who was activated from the disabled list.

    • by R.J. White |

      Blue Jays' Justin Smoak, Josh Thole in lineup Monday

      Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak and catcher Josh Thole are in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals. Smoak is getting the call over Edwin Encarnacion at first base after the team's regular first baseman went 1 for 24 over his last six games. Smoak has hit .266/.356/.438 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 64 at-bats. Thole is getting the call over Russell Martin to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The Blue Jays are underdogs (+140) on Monday, per

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Blue Jays C Russell Martin not starting on Tuesday

      Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox. Martin had started each of the last four games for manager John Gibbons, but with R.A. Dickey on the mound, Josh Thole will draw the start behind the plate. Martin had just one hit (a double) in 16 at-bats during that four-game stretch.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Blue Jays C Russell Martin gets a day of rest on Thursday

      Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Astros. It appears to just be a rest day for Martin, who started the last two games and seven of the last eight behind the plate. Josh Thole catch Drew Hutchison and hit eighth in the batting order.

    • by Shawn Krest |

      Russell Martin replaced by Josh Thole in Blue Jays' lineup

      Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Boston. Josh Thole replaces Martin in the lineup for the fourth time this year and second time in the last 10 games. Thole will bat ninth in the order. Kevin Pillar moves up one spot in the order to replace Martin in the five-hole. The Blue Jays are -120 money line favorites at home against Boston.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Russell Martin out, Josh Thole in for Blue Jays on Monday

      Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin received the day off Monday against the Yankees after catching the last four games. Martin has been a nice addition for Toronto, both offensively and defensively. He has five home runs and 15 RBI through his first 23 games of the season. Josh Thole replaced Martin behind the dish on Monday, as he typically does when knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is on the mound. Expect Martin to return to action on Tuesday.

    • by Igor Mello |

      Gibbons: Dickey won't have personal catcher with Navarro on the DL

      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will not have a designated personal catcher while Dioner Navarro is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, per the National Post. Navarro was Dickey's battery mate this season. Toronto called up Josh Thole from Triple-A, who is familiar with Dickey's work. He caught the majority of the knuckleballer's starts during his run with the Mets. Gibbons said he's leaning on having Thole behind the plate catching Dickey on Friday, per

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