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Gregg Zaun, left, landed on the disabled list Wednesday with elbow problems. ((Aaron Harris/Associated Press))

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained right elbow.

Zaun, 37, is experiencing inflammation in the joint, which has bothered him for a couple of days and forced him to sit out Tuesday's 3-1 loss at Oakland.

"It flared up a little bit Monday on a throw," he said. "But I thought it would get better.

"I took [Tuesday] off and it was not better. It was barking pretty good."

Rod Barajas will handle the bulk of the catching duties, while Curtis Thigpen was promptly recalled from the triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs.

"You need two [catchers] here," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Zaun is hitting .264 this season with two home runs, eight runs batted in and 13 runs scored.

He has reached base safely in 31 of 41 games.

"We will take a couple of weeks and get it better and, hopefully, be good to go," Zaun said. "I have not had any arm trouble for a long time.

"I have been feeling, like, offensively, I was starting to turn the corner and swing the bat pretty well, and I was throwing some guys out. A little time out will get it back."

Zaun is a lifetime .252 hitter with 74 home runs, 383 RBIs and 376 runs in 1,069 games since he made his major-league debut with Baltimore on June 24, 1995.

He has played for the Orioles, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and Blue Jays.

With files from the Canadian Press