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.
The catching-starved Diamondbacks intend to move forward with prospect Peter O’Brien playing the outfield on a full-time basis, MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert reports. O’Brien went into May without having caught a game at Triple-A Reno, but went behind the plate intermittently as the month went on and the Diamondbacks’ catching situation worsened with Tuffy Gosewisch’s ACL injury.
O’Brien, 24, is hitting .341/.382/.653 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 191 plate appearances with Reno thus far, his first taste of Triple-A competition. The Diamondbacks acquired him from the Yankees at the deadline last July in the Martin Prado trade.
The D-Backs will use Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their regular catcher with Jordan Pacheco serving as the back-up.
On Friday afternoon, the Diamondbacks placed catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on the 15-day disabled list with a left ACL injury. Gosewisch said to the media later, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, that he’s likely dealing with an ACL tear, which would all but certainly end his season.
The Diamondbacks called up Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Triple-A Reno to take Gosewisch’s spot on the roster. He signed a minor league deal on May 7, two days after he was released by the Marlins. In 33 plate appearances with the Marlins, “Salty” hit .069/.182/.207. He wasn’t having any better success at Reno, hitting .188/.222/.375 in 36 PA.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia was cut loose by the Marlins earlier this month after proving to be a disappointment in his three-year, $21 million contract, but he quickly latched on with the Diamondbacks on a minor league deal and Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that he’s expected to be called up from Triple-A Reno tomorrow.
The news comes just one day after starting catcher Tuffy Gosewisch jammed his left knee. It’s probably safe to say that he’s headed to the disabled list.
Saltalamacchia had just two hits over his first 29 at-bats this season prior to being released and owns a lowly .661 OPS in 123 games dating back to the start of last season. Some fans clamored for prospect Peter O’Brien to get the call-up instead, but he had issues throwing this spring and there are questions about his ability to stick behind the plate.
The Marlins designated catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment earlier today and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the team’s general manager, Dan Jennings, has already talked to five teams about a potential trade.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick pegs the Red Sox, Indians, Mariners, and Diamondbacks among the potential landing spots. And sure enough, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks are having “internal discussions” about the possibility. It’s not a bad idea when you consider their current catching tandem consists of Tuffy Gosewisch and Jordan Pacheco.
Saltalamacchia owns a disappointing .209/.310/.351 batting line in 123 games dating back to the start of last season and is owed $7 million this season and $8 million next season, so the Marlins would have to pick up most of the tab to make a deal palatable. They have 10 days to find a match. Otherwise, he’ll hit free agency and be able to sign with a team of his choosing at the major league minimum.