Mathis makes rare start

Mathis makes rare start

Mathis makes rare start
TORONTO -- Jeff Mathis was given the start for Sunday's contest against Seattle, marking just the sixth time he has appeared in a game this season.

With J.P. Arencibia firmly entrenched as the starting catcher, and someone who Blue Jays manager John Farrell wants to play as often as possible, working in days for Mathis will be difficult.

But, unlike what Farrell did for much of last season with Brandon Morrow and Jose Molina, he doesn't plan to assign Mathis as a personal catcher for any of his starters.

"Matchups and schedule will probably be the determining factor as far as making sure Jeff is in the flow of things," Farrell said. "By no means should that be interpreted as a sleight of him. He's a talented catcher and has all the confidence in the world when he's running a game."

The only exception Farrell has to assigning personal catchers is when it comes to ace Ricky Romero, but even that isn't something he considers definitive.

"Ricky will typically be paired up with Arencibia due to their working rapport, but that's not to say that Jeff couldn't handle it," Farrell said.

Mathis has been known as an elite defender behind the dish throughout his career and nothing has changed in that regard this season. Farrell has consistently praised the 29-year-old backstop and applauded the working relationship that he has formed with Arencibia.

Mathis crushed a two-run homer in the eighth inning against the Mariners on Sunday.