TORONTO -- The Blue Jays expect veteran catcher John Buck to be able to rejoin the team as soon as he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list. Buck has been sidelined since Wednesday with a laceration on his right thumb.
Buck said on Sunday that he will begin playing catch on Monday to test his hand, adding that he is scheduled to have the stitches removed in a few days. If everything goes according to plan and the catcher avoids any setbacks, Buck will be eligible to return on Aug. 20 against the Red Sox.
"We're expecting him to be ready before the two weeks is up," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "We're excited to have him back, too."
When Buck does return, the Blue Jays plan on sending catcher J.P. Arencibia back to Triple-A Las Vegas. Arencibia, expected to join the Jays as a callup in September, went 4-for-5 with two home runs in his debut for Toronto on Saturday. Buck is hitting .277 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs this year.
"[Arencibia] had a nice first game, and there's a tremendous amount of pride in the organization," Anthopoulos said. "But, at the same time, John Buck is an All-Star, and he's a big part of the reason why some of these starters are performing the way they are and the season that he's had."