Arencibia bounces back from plunking

Arencibia bounces back from plunking

CLEVELAND -- Catcher J.P. Arencibia was in the lineup on Thursday, a day after being struck on his left wrist by a Jonathan Papelbon pitch.

Arencibia, who dislocated his left thumb earlier in the season, has battled through soreness and low-level injuries to his left hand this season. He is batting .212 with 12 home runs in 66 games this season.

"Fortunately, last night, the most encouraging thing was, when they were checking him on the field, he had good grip strength," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He's a little sore, but not to the point of him not being able to go today."

Meanwhile, the complications from the dislocated thumb mostly are an afterthought.

"He didn't receive regular treatment, like he did when the multiple foul tips and banging of the thumb originally took place, so it hasn't affected the overall swing," Farrell said. "It's not impairing him in any way."

Meanwhile, Yunel Escobar was back at the top of the lineup a day after going 4-for-5 in the leadoff spot, following a four-game absence after being hit by a pitch on Friday against Philadelphia.