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Fisher Cats catcher A.J. Jimenez practices with the team on Tuesday in his return after Tommy John surgery and a stint with Single-A Dunedin. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Catcher A.J. Jimenez, who was on New Hampshire’s opening-day roster last year, was promoted from Class-A Dunedin and joined the team in time for Tuesday’s contest against Akron. He had one hit in four at bats.
“I had a partial tear since I was in high school,” Jimenez explained. “I played through it for three years.
“I had a good time here (last year),” he said. “This is a great league and we had a good clubhouse. The surgery came, but I always stay positive.”
“He’s an above-average defensive catcher,” New Hampshire manager Gary Allenson said. “He’s athletic. He receives the ball well.
“I’ve known (former major league catcher) Ernie Whitt for 30 years. He was with the Blue Jays so he’s seen (A.J.) play, and he’s the Phillies catching coordinator now. I asked him about (A.J.) and he said, ‘This guy is really good.’ If it comes from Ernie Whitt it means something.”
“If everything was according to plan he was the starting catcher here at the beginning of the season,” Allenson said. “Then he had some setbacks. Probably compensating for something. When you’ve had something done and you feel a little something there’s some doubt there. It’s hard mentally to get over that.
Jimenez has thrown out 42 percent of the runners who have attempted to steal against him during his professional career. He was named the Florida State League’s best defensive catcher in 2011.
“I’m getting better at hitting, but my thing is catching,” Jimenez said. “I’m a proud catcher. That’s where I spend 90 percent of my time. You have to hit to get to the big leagues, but I think the defense will get you a lot of baseball.”
OFFENSIVE ACTION: New Hampshire right fielder Brad Glenn collected two of his team’s five hits in Tuesday night’s 7-0 loss to Akron. Glenn has at least one hit in nine of his last 11 games, and is batting .375 during that span.
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