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Navarro day to day with potential to pinch-hit

Navarro day to day with potential to pinch-hit

PITTSBURGH -- Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro remains day to day with a sore right quadriceps muscle.

Navarro was available to pinch-hit on Friday and then again on Saturday, but the club would prefer to avoid using him behind the plate. The hope is that he will be ready to play on either Monday or Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

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"He's getting a little bit better," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Hopefully in the next couple of days he'll be good. He was going to pinch-hit last night, and we were going to pinch-run for him. He was available to do that."

Navarro sustained the injury while running the bases during Thursday night's game in Kansas City. The injury is not considered serious and will not require a stint on the disabled list, but he does need some additional time to heal.

Veteran backup Josh Thole has assumed the primary responsibilities behind the plate during Navarro's absence. Thole has been a surprise contributor this year, getting off to a hot start with the bat. He entered play on Saturday night hitting .393 with a double and two RBIs in 12 games.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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