Back in late April Jarrod Saltalamacchia was on paternity leave as a member of the Miami Marlins. Upon his return, the club designated him for assignment, in favor of using J.T. Realmuto behind the plate with Jeff Mathis as their back-up catcher.
Saltalamacchia received the news just 16 months after the club had signed him to a three-year $21 million deal.
With no other teams wanting to take on that kind of money, Saltalamacchia signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in early May. He has since been playing with their Triple-A affiliate in Reno.
Wednesday was not a lucky day for Diamondbacks’ catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. He was forced to leave the game after sustaining a knee injury on a play at first base.
Gosewisch has been diagnosed with a left ACL injury, according to the club, and will now be spending time on the 15-day disabled list.
Signing Saltalamacchia was a good move on the part of the Diamondbacks. He was arguably one of the best catchers during the 2013 season with the Boston Red Sox batting .273 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI but his production fell in 2014.
He averaged just .222 at the plate with 11 homers and 44 RBI in 2014.
He was a great low-risk pick-up for the DBacks who only have to pay him the league minimum salary while the Marlins are still responsible for the money remaining on his three-year deal.
Now that the Diamondbacks need a second catcher, they announced Friday that they have called up Saltalamacchia who will be in the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, batting in the sixth spot.
5/29 @Dbacks lineup vs MIL Inciarte RF Pollock CF Goldschmidt 1B Peralta LF Tomas 3B Saltalamacchia C Owings 2B Ahmed SS De La Rosa P
— MLB Lineups (@mlblineups) May 29, 2015
Gosewisch has been Arizona’s primary catcher this season with Jordan Pacheco acting as his back-up.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Saltalamacchia, the Diamondbacks transferred catcher Óscar Hernández to the 60-day DL.