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Barrett injured as Jays lose one

Barrett injured as Jays lose one
With one wild pitch by David Purcey last night, the Blue Jays blew their four-run lead - and also watched as their backup catcher blew out his shoulder.

This wasn't a good night for the first-place Toronto team, which lost 8-5 to the Oakland A's and also lost backup catcher Michael Barrett with a shoulder injury.

Barrett charged after Purcey's wild pitch in the fourth inning, made a diving throw to Purcey in an attempt to cut the run off at the plate, then rolled in ugly fashion onto his right shoulder.

The throw was too late to prevent the run, the fourth in the inning for the A's, and one that came one batter after No.9 hitter Bobby Crosby had stung Purcey with a three-run triple.

It got much worse for the Jays as Barrett remained on the turf in obvious pain for several moments. To make matters worse, Barrett landed on the batting donut used by hitters to warm up in the on-deck circle.

"He hit the donut, that's what he said," Jays manager Cito Gaston reported.

While the Jays did not immediately release any further details on Barrett, they will certainly summon a catcher from the minors if a Barrett's injury proves to be long-term.

Veteran Raul Chavez, who has caught two games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51's, is the immediate call-up candidate. But Toronto could summon rookie Brian Jeroloman from Double-A New Hampshire if Chavez has difficulty obtaining a flight to Toronto in time for today's 1 p.m. game against Oakland.

Barrett, a popular veteran who earned the backup job out of spring training, was taken for X-rays on a possibly separated shoulder. He needed assistance to leave the field and was apparently wracked with pain - all indications of a separated shoulder.

As much as the Jays were worried about Barrett, there is also concern about Purcey, technically their No.2 starter who has pitched himself into constant trouble over his past two starts.

The tall, hard-throwing lefty, the club's first-round - 16th overall - pick in 2001, has now walked 10 batters in has last two outings. Six of those free passes - including three last night - came around to score.

Equally troubling is the fact Purcey has not made it beyond the fifth inning in each of those two starts. He exited last night's contest with two out in the fourth and the abbreviated, troubled stint is likely to have a ripple effect on the pitching-challenged Jays .

The club will have lefty reliever Brian Tallet start today's game in place of the injured Jesse Litsch.. Tallet will be limited to 75 pitches, which will put pressure on a Jays bullpen that is already busier than normal and one that could have used seven innings from Purcey last night instead of an early exit on the heels of a four-run, give-back inning.

"This is something he has to get over; you can't walk that many guys up here (major leagues) and get away with it," Gaston said of Purcey.

The night, already in tatters after the Jays built a 5-1 lead through the first three innings, saw Oakland jump into a 6-5 lead in the seventh on Matt Holiday's double to cash in yet another walk issued by Jays pitching.

Toronto's league-leading offence went completely south after the A's caught up. From the fourth inning on, Oakland relievers limited Toronto to one hit, faced only three batters over the minimum (all because of three walks), and retired 10 of the 20 Jays they face on strikes.

That was somewhat unexpected after the home side had jumped into a lead on the strength of homers from Marco Scutaro and Aaron Hill and a two-run double from Kevin Millar.

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Added: April 18, 2009

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