Apr 3 2:59p
Blanco will catch R.A. Dickey in his next start Sunday, the National Post reports.
Manager John Gibbons said the decision to start Blanco is not entirely based upon J.P. Arencibia struggles with catching the knuckleball in Dickey's Opening Day start, but Arencibia's three passed balls certainly weigh heavily into the decision. If Blanco shows the ability to effectively block Dickey's pitches, he could settle into a role as his personal catcher. Should Blanco fail, Josh Thole, Dickey's battery mate with the Mets last season, looms as a potential call-up at Triple-A Buffalo.