By Mike Harrington
The Bisons will be pretty thin for tonight's makeup doubleheader against Lehigh Valley (5:30 at Coca-Cola Field) because the Toronto Blue Jays have called up catcher Josh Thole and third baseman Andy LaRoche. They are certainly well-deserved promotions.
The Blue Jays have designated catcher Henry Blanco for assignment. The Thole/Blanco switch was long overdue. R.A. Dickey has said Blanco is the best knuckleball catcher he's ever had, although Thole caught most of Dickey's Cy Young season in 2012 in New York. Thole hit just .171 in spring training for the Jays so they opted to keep Blanco.
Bad move. Blanco is basically useless offensively and batting just .184. Thole, meanwhile, was batting .322 with seven homers and 31 RBIs through 41 games. He can be used as a pinch-hitter and can certainly give the Jays some pop behind the plate to spell J.P. Arencibia.
LaRoche hit .282 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 49 games with the Bisons and is in the big leagues for the first time since 2011 with Brett Lawrie on the disabled list.
The Bisons, remember, are getting Anthony Gose back from Toronto and may be keeping Chad Jenkins in their rotation because the Blue Jays today signed veteran Ching-Ming Wang off the Scranton roster and penciled him in to start Tuesday night; Wang was scheduled to start Tuesday against the Bisons.