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30 Dioner Navarro DH
Height/Weight: 5-10/189 | Birthdate: 2/9/1984 | Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Toronto | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $1,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro (hamstring) doubles in first rehab game


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro went 1 for 3 with a double in his first rehab outing on Tuesday. The veteran caught seven innings for Triple-A Buffalo, according to the Bisons TV/Radio announcer. Navarro has been on the disabled list with a hamstring injury since the end of April.

"He's progressing, it was a pretty good injury," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "Originally we didn't think it was much but it turned out [otherwise]. Those things can be a little bit dicey, especially for a catcher, he's doing all that squatting up and down, up and down."

Once he's ready to come off of the DL, Navarro will likely replace Josh Thole as the backup to Russell Martin. 


Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro to start rehab assignment Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro will join Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday to start his rehab assignment, the team announced. Navarro has been on the disabled list since April 23 with a hamstring strain. 

The team did not specify how long Navarro's rehab assignment will be or when they expect him to return to the team. But manager John Gibbons did say Navarro would catch six innings on Tuesday and then serve as the designated hitter for Buffalo on Wednesday, according to SportsNet.


Report: Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro still sidelined indefinitely


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) The Blue Jays stated nearly two weeks ago that there was no timetable for the return of catcher Dioner Navarro, who was sidelined with a hamstring injury.

The same applies Friday, the Toronto Star has reported.

Navarro has not played since April 21. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list two days later.


Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro without timetable for return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro remains without a timetable for his return to the big leagues while dealing with a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com.

Navarro, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, felt tightness while rehabbing in Dunedin, Fla. The catcher is hitting .267 with four RBI in 30 at-bats this season.


Gibbons: Dickey won't have personal catcher with Navarro on the DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will not have a designated personal catcher while Dioner Navarro is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, per the National Post.

Navarro was Dickey's battery mate this season. Toronto called up Josh Thole from Triple-A, who is familiar with Dickey's work. He caught the majority of the knuckleballer's starts during his run with the Mets. Gibbons said he's leaning on having Thole behind the plate catching Dickey on Friday, per Sportsnet.ca.


Blue Jays' Gibbons: MRI revealed hamstring tear for Dioner Navarro


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that an Dioner Navarro's MRI revealed a "real tear there," which is much worse than what the club expected, per Sportsnet.ca.

Navarro said he suffered the injury Tuesday while stretching a single into a double, MLB.com reports.

"I felt the pop right before I was going to slide into second base," Navarro said. "In the back of my mind I had the slightest hope it wouldn't be that bad, but I kind of knew. I've been through this before. I'll just go through my treatment and get back as soon as possible."

Navarro was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game against the Orioles. He slashed  .267/.294/.333 with four RBI in eight games (seven starts).


Blue Jays place Dioner Navarro on 15-day DL with hamstring strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The Blue Jays placed backup catcher Dioner Navarro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, according to Sportsnet.ca. In a corresponding move, Toronto recalled catcher Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo.

Navarro appeared in eight games (seven starts), slashing .267/.294/.333 with four RBI over 34 plate appearances.


Orioles inquired about Blue Jays' Navarro late in spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Orioles inquired about Blue Jays backup catcher Dioner Navarro late in spring training, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

Navarro has asked to be traded since the team signed Russell Martin in the offseason, and the Blue Jays seem accommodating. However, Toronto has said it will only consider trading Navarro if a team has a starting job for him. 

While the Orioles are using the catcher tandem of Caleb Jospeh and Ryan Lavarnway, they counting on the return of Matt Wieters, who is on the 15-day disabled list due to an elbow injury.


Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak back in the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak will return to the lineup Monday, allowing Edwin Encarnacion to move to designated hitter and pushing Dioner Navarro to the bench, the team announced.

Smoak, who will hit sixth in the order, has started three games so far this season and is hitting .273 with a double in 12 plate appearances.  

The Blue Jays are currently the favorites (-140) over the Rays Monday.


Anthopoulos: Blue Jays will continue to field trade offers for Navarro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the Blue Jays will continue to field trade offers for catcher Dioner Navarro, but it doesn't appear anything is imminent, per Sportsnet.ca.

“If we have any trade discussions on anybody, that’s not something we’re going to advertise," he said. "But like I said, if there’s an opportunity to get him an everyday job we’ll look to do that, same thing we said in spring training. If that doesn’t present itself, we’re thrilled to have him. He’s a great player that makes us a lot stronger and we’re deep having him on the team.”


Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro in starting lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro is in the starting lineup Sunday, batting sixth and serving as the team's designated hitter against the Orioles.

It'll be the third start of the season for Navarro, who is 2 for 8 with a double and three RBI this season. Justin Smoak takes a seat Sunday after starting at first base the previous day.

The Blue Jays are underdogs (+100) against the Orioles in Baltimore Sunday.


Blue Jays C Dioner Navarro drives in three runs in win over Orioles


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro went 1 for 4 in Friday afternoon's 12-5 win over the Orioles. 

However, Navarro's lone hit of the game went for a two-run double in the top of the first inning. Navarro notched his third RBI with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. 

This was only the second game Navarro's appeared in this season. His three RBI were the first he's recorded this year, too. 


Josh Thole's demotion impacts Blue Jays roster, catcher rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Blue Jays announced Tuesday catcher Josh Thole was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Thole's demotion means Russell Martin will be knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, per MLB.com.

Thole's demotion also means Dioner Navarro, who has asked for a trade, will be the backup catcher and get some at-bats at DH.


Red Sox considering Swihart, haven't asked Jays about Navarro


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Red Sox will give catching prospect Blake Swihart an extended look over the final week of spring training to determine whether to give him a spot on the Opening Day roster, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Christian Vazquez was projected to be the team's starting catcher coming into spring training but is dealing with an elbow injury that may require Tommy John surgery. Despite the need at the catcher position, the Red Sox have not yet called the Blue Jays to inquire about No. 2 catcher Dioner Navarro, who has asked to be traded and is carrying a $5-million salary for 2015.


Stewart: D-Backs can't afford to trade for Dioner Navarro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Monday trading for Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro is not a possibility because the team can't afford to add Navarro's salary to the payroll, per MLB.com. Navarro, who has asked to be traded, is set to make $5 million in 2015.

Dioner Navarro returns to Blue Jays' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro returned to the lineup, after being sidelined since Tuesday with a sore knee. 

Navarro played designated hitter and batted cleanup for the Jays. He struck out in the first, drove in a run with a bases-loaded single in the third, and was lifted for a pinch runner after leading off the seventh with a single. 

Overall, Navarro was 2-for-4 with a run and RBI. 

MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm said he's still a few days away from playing catcher again. 


Dioner Navarro takes BP for Blue Jays, Edwin Encarnacion to swing on Tuesday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Catcher Dioner Navarro, out since Tuesday with a minor knee problem, was able to take batting practice for the Blue Jays on Saturday, according to ESPN's Enrique Rojas

First baseman Edwin Encarnacion, also out since Tuesday, is expected to take swings on Tuesday. Encarnacion has been sidelined with an inflamation in his lower back. 


Jays' Dioner Navarro to miss Tuesday's game due to knee issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro recently tweaked his knee, which will keep him out of Tuesday's lineup, reports Sportsnet.

Despite the injury, manager John Gibbons said it is not serious.


Agent: Dioner Navarro drawing interest from Diamondbacks, Tigers


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro has made it clear he doesn't want to be a backup this season in Toronto. Because of that, the team is trying to make a move to suit the veteran, which may involve the Diamondbacks or Tigers.

"My agent (Melvin Roman) told me both Arizona and Detroit have interest," Navarro said to the Toronto Sun.

The Diamondbacks are currently working out a handful of catchers and could use some help in the field.

"I want to play every day," Navarro said. "I don't want to be a back-up. I know I can help this team (Blue Jays)."


Blue Jays GM will try to accommodate Dioner Navarro's trade request


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday he will try to accommodate catcher Dioner Navarro's request to be traded. Although, he indicated it could take a while.

Navarro has expressed his desire to be traded since Toronto signed Russell Martin in the offseason.


Blue Jays' Dioner Navarro hoping for trade to play every day


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Blue Jays backup catcher Dioner Navarro is aware the team is looking to deal him. He's made it publicly known he also wouldn't mind getting dealt to another team.

"Up to today (a trade) is still my goal," said Navarro, according to sportsnet.ca. "I'd like to go to a place where I can play every day, because I already know that I can do it. There was doubt on myself last year and I felt strong throughout the whole season, I think I did a pretty good job. I signed a two-year deal here to catch every day and unfortunately they felt they needed to make a move. I just would like to play every day somewhere."

The Blue Jays acquired Russell Martin this offseason, pushing Navarro into a backup role, with the chance to spell slugger Edwin Encarnacion in the DH spot. He feels he's been put in a difficult situation.

"Obviously it is," he said. "I think I put myself in a really good position last year and I expressed throughout the whole year last year how grateful I was with the Blue Jays for giving me the opportunity, and I don’t  know where or if anything did go wrong. I’m a pro, I’m going to do my job, I’m going to be ready for whatever and see what happens."

Navarro hit .274 in 2014 with 12 home runs and 69 RBI in 481 plate appearances.


Gibbons: Encarnacion starting 1B, three vying for at-bats at DH


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Monday veteran Edwin Encarnacion will remain the starting first baseman. However, Gibbons added the 32-year-old slugger will get some games at DH to help avoid any issues with his back.

Gibbons also said Justin Smoak, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro are the top candidates for playing time at DH.


Blue Jays planning days off for Edwin Encarnacion in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) The Blue Jays are expecting to utilize Edwin Encarnacion as a designated hitter in 2015 instead of full-time at first base, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Gibbons wants to prevent Encarnacion from suffering injuries as much as possible this season, according to the Toronto Sun.

"We'll be looking to give Encarnacion time off anyway to prevent a recurrence of the back problems that he had last season," said Gibbons. "It’s important to nip that in the bud."

If catcher Dioner Navarro is not traded, it is likely that Encarnacion will play some first so that Navarro can DH and newly signed Russell Martin can catch.


Report: Tigers discussed Dioner Navarro with Blue Jays


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/9/2015) The Tigers have had discussions about acquiring switch-hitting catcher Dioner Navarro from the Blue Jays, reports SportsNet. Navarro is Toronto's top trade asset and the team "has signalled it won't move him unless it gets a pitcher in return," the report said.

Detroit is looking for another bat with DH Victor Martinez slated to undergo knee surgery Tuesday.

Navarro batted .274 with 12 homers and 69 RBI in 481 at-bats last year.


Blue Jays still looking to trade Dioner Navarro, expect him for camp


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) While the Blue Jays have reportedly been shopping catcher Dioner Navarro, the team is expecting to see him when spring training begins in a couple of weeks, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday.

"Yes, I would think barring something unforeseen, I would fully expect him in camp," Anthopoulos said.

Navarro, who will make $5 million in 2015 and become a free agent after the season, is expected to back up newly acquired Russell Martin when the season begins. He could also be in a role as the designated hitter along with Justin Smoak and Edwin Encarnacion.

"We'll go from there with either Navarro and how we play Smoak, if he's the guy," manager John Gibbons said. "We'll have a better idea six weeks from now."