Blue Jays place Dioner Navarro on the disabled list

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Dioner Navarro has played sparingly for the Blue Jays since being pushed into a backup role by Russell Martin and now the veteran catcher is headed to the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

To replace him on the roster Toronto called up Josh Thole, who figures to fill the backup role–and probably catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey–for at least 2-3 weeks.

Martin was behind the plate for 13 of the Blue Jays’ first 15 games, with Navarro starting the other two games and also drawing five starts at designated hitter.