SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Blue Jays are expected to give J.P. Arencibia all the work he can handle during the final two weeks before Opening Day.
Arencibia recently returned to the club after competing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. With All-Star catcher Joe Mauer also competing for the Americans, Arencibia's playing time was limited, and the Blue Jays will help him make up for lost time.
Despite playing in only two Classic games and getting five at-bats for the Americans, Arencibia's timing at the plate appears to be doing quite well. Arencibia went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs against the Orioles on Wednesday in one of his best days at the plate this spring.
"Today I felt pretty good," said Arencibia, who is hitting .435 (10-for-23) in the Grapefruit League season. "I haven't felt great. I felt good, and at the WBC, I didn't play everyday, so I got out of sync a little bit.
"Yesterday, I felt a little off, but today I got to work in the cage with [hitting coach Chad Mottola], loosen up my hands a little bit, and squared up the ball pretty well today."
The Blue Jays also plan to give Arencibia plenty of time behind the plate so he can continue to familiarize himself with their pitching staff. With so many additions during the offseason, the more repetition Arencibia can have with his new staff, the better off he'll be.
Arencibia did have a lot of time to work with No. 1 starter R.A. Dickey at the World Baseball Classic, but now he'll work with the rest of the staff, as well.
"You just want to catch guys as much as possible," Arencibia said. "I feel the more comfortable you are, the better off you're going to be. I feel good with everybody already, but you want to be able to catch as much as you can."