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.