Josh Thole C TOR 3 days ago

Thole was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.

Dioner Navarro was placed on the 15-day DL on Thursday so the Blue Jays needed a backup catcher. Navarro is out with a strained hamstring, so he could require a few weeks to get right, but Thole won't see more than one or two starts per week while Russell Martin is healthy.

Josh Thole C TOR 4 weeks ago

Thole will start his season with Triple-A Buffalo, John Lott of the National Post reports.

Russell Martin has apparently done a decent job of handling R.A. Dickey this spring, allowing the Blue Jays to stick with just two catchers on the Opening Day roster. Thole is only the third backstop in the organization, but the Jays could eventually decide to carry three catchers, if Martin struggles to handle Dickey.

Josh Thole C TOR 4 weeks ago

Thole's chances of making the Opening Day roster are still up in the air as there have been conflicting reports as to whether or not he will make the team, John Lott of the National Post reports.

Thole has had a strong spring at the plate, hitting .310 in 17 games, but his status is very up-in-the-air due to the presence of both Dioneer Navarro and Russell Martin. Thole has been R.A. Dickey's personal catcher for the past two seasons, but throughout the spring, the Blue Jays have tried to get Martin more comfortable catching Dickey's knuckleball. This decision will likely come down to the wire and Thole's fantasy value is tied to whether or not he makes the team, though his meager hitting statistics and limited at-bats should hinder his value either way.

Josh Thole C TOR 2 months ago

Thole may get squeezed from the Jays' roster if the team ends up keeping Dioner Navarro, Sportsnet.ca reports.

The Jays don't want to keep more than two catchers, but another factor in Thole having a roster spot may be Russell Martin's ability to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Nevertheless, a trade involving Navarro would go a long way toward providing Thole with job security.

Josh Thole C TOR 6 months ago

The Blue Jays exercised the 2015 club option for Thole, SportsNet's Shi Davidi reports.

Defensively, Thole is a fine backup catcher, but he hit .248 with zero home runs in 150 plate appearances last year and is a very low-end option in fantasy.

Josh Thole C TOR 8 months ago

Thole went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's win over Milwaukee.

Sporadic playing time continues to be the norm for Thole, who often finds a spot start when R.A. Dickey is on the hill and Dioner Navarro is in need of a day off.

Josh Thole C TOR 9 months ago

Josh Thole went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

Even though Thole only gets to play while R.A. Dickey is pitching, he's managed to stay sharp enough to hit .282 in 85 at-bats this season, albeit without any power at all (three doubles, no triples and no homers). Since the beginning of June, he's started exactly one game in which he wasn't paired with Dickey, and he was removed after two at-bats in that one.

Josh Thole C TOR 2 years ago

Josh Thole went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Thole had four of the Blue Jays' 15 hits on the night, singling in a run in the third inning. The catcher had just three hits in the month of September coming into the game, and he's hitting just .179/.258/.250 for the year.

Josh Thole C TOR 2 years ago

Josh Thole went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Thole has been an offensive black hole this season, batting .146/.255/.232 in 82 at-bats. The home run was his first this season, giving him six RBI. The only thing that keeps him in the lineup on a semi-regular basis is his ability to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.

Josh Thole C TOR 2 years ago

Blue Jays recalled C Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Jays decided to go with Henry Blanco as their backup catcher going into the season, but now they've flip-flopped. He was hitting .322/.383/.510 with seven homers at Buffalo and should serve as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher.