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Blue Jays place Navarro on bereavement list

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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays recalled Erik Kratz from Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday after Dioner Navarro was placed on the bereavement/family medical emergency list.

Navarro will be gone for a few days, during which Kratz and Josh Thole will share catching duties, manager John Gibbons said.

Navarro, who's batting .276 with one home run and 16 RBIs, is permitted to be away from the club for between three and seven days while on personal leave.

"We'll see who's pitching," Gibbons said of which catcher will play which days. "Thole has been pretty good at the plate, and Kratz has been pretty good too."

Kratz, a right-handed hitter, entered Wednesday hitting .231 with two homers and six RBIs in 11 games for Toronto this season.

Thole, who hits from the left side, was .375 (15-for-40) in 17 games entering Wednesday. He catches whenever knuckleballer R.A. Dickey starts, and typically logs extra time behind the plate when Navarro needs a day off.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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