How rare is it to see a catcher throwing as a pitcher in a Major League baseball game? Very. Jeff Mathis has now done it twice in 2012. In a 14-0 blowout, manager John Farrell was thinking of how not to waste using a regular pitcher in a game far out of reach of winning. Mathis said he hadn’t pitched since high school. He’s only the 9th position player since 2000 to pitch in a game. That’s how rare.

Mathis had to step into the starting catcher’s role, as catcher J.P. Arencibia is now out for six weeks after fracturing his right hand when a foul ball hit his bare hand. The injury is another serious blow to the Jays. Toronto now has 11 players on the disabled list and has had 13 on the year, including their #1 batter Jose Bautista with a sprained wrist. Even with all the crazy injuries this 2012, our Jays currently are 49 wins, 49 losses so far, and still in the hunt for the Wild Card playoff positions.

Catcher Jeff Mathis of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during 9th inning game against the Oakland Athletics July 25, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

‘Shopped original photo by: Brad White/Getty Images

Footnote: Utilityman Yan Gomes is now the backup catcher. Top prospect Travis d’Arnaud (ranked #1 in Jays, #36th in MLB) would have been considered for promotion from the minors, but he had an unfortunate season-ending knee injury.

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