Mathis could become Cecil's personal catcher

Mathis could become Cecil's personal catcher

MIAMI -- Veteran catcher Jeff Mathis is expected to be inserted into the lineup whenever Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil is on the mound.

Manager John Farrell has often made decisions on when to use Mathis based on the team's schedule. Mathis would usually make an appearance in a day game following a night game or after a long travel schedule, but that could change in the near future.

It has only been two starts, but Farrell likes what he has seen when Mathis and Cecil are paired together.

"I think the fact that he and Brett have worked well together for two times in a row here, that might be something we look to pair going forward," Farrell said. "But regardless of who Jeff has caught, he has done an outstanding job behind the plate, which is no surprise.

"He has a long history and a long track record of being a very good game caller, a good defensive catcher, and he can handle the bat inside of certain situations."

Mathis might see an increased workload when Cecil's on the mound, but there is no catching controversy in Toronto. J.P. Arencibia is firmly entrenched as the catcher who will see the vast majority of action behind the plate.

"When J.P.'s in one of those stretches like the month of May, he was a force in our lineup, as well," Farrell said of Arencibia, who hit .279 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in May. "It's a balance to get the strengths and contributions of both."