Tuffy Gosewisch, began the season as the Diamondbacks’ starting catcher after spending a decade in the minors, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
He’ll need surgery, which carries a 6-8 month recovery timetable, and by the time Gosewisch is healthy again the Diamondbacks will presumably have improved their catching situation enough that he’ll have to compete for a backup job. Gosewisch is a 31-year-old career .212 hitter with two homers and a .525 OPS in 93 games as a big leaguer.
Jarrod Saltamacchia, who signed with the Diamondbacks after being released by the Marlins, will take over for Gosewisch as Arizona’s primary catcher and try to get his career back on track.
Joey Gallo, the slugging third baseman/outfielder who ranked as a consensus top-20 prospect coming into the season, has been called up to the Rangers for his MLB debut in the wake of Adrian Beltre’s thumb injury.
Gallo blasted 42 homers in 126 games between Single-A and Double-A last season and picked up where he left off this year, hitting .314 with nine homers and a 1.061 OPS in 34 games at Double-A.
He strikes out a ton–478 times in 330 games as a minor leaguer, including 164 times in 102 games at Double-A–which is why many people are skeptical about Gallo’s ability to hit for a good batting average in the majors. His power potential, however, has never been in question and 40-homer power can make even a .250 hitter plenty valuable.
Beltre is expected to miss less than a month and the Rangers have indicated that Gallo’s stay in the majors may not last beyond that, but if he’s thriving as a 21-year-old big leaguer it’ll be tough to send him back down to the minors.
Nationals center fielder Denard Span exited Sunday’s game with right knee soreness and he’s out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays.
Washington is also without left fielder Jayson Werth, who’s on the disabled list with a fractured wrist, so the Nationals are using Michael Taylor in center field and Tyler Moore in left field.
Span missed the first three weeks of the season recovering from core muscle surgery, but he’s played very well by hitting .314 with five homers and a career-high .859 OPS in 33 games.