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.
Because baseball teams have to have 25 guys — and because someone has to be that 25h guy — the Orioles have re-signed utilityman Jace Peterson. It’s a minor league contract so he may not be the actual 25th man but, c’mon, he’s gonna be the 25th man. Let’s get real here.
Peterson hit .195/.308/.325 in 200 at-bats for the Orioles last season. That’s not good, but he can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield. He can’t play them particularly well, but you know that thing Casey Stengel said about how catchers are important because without them there are a lot of passed balls? Same goes for third base and stuff. Again: Orioles.
I was going to add that he was the only player in MLB history named “Jace,” but Jace Fry exists, so he doesn’t even have that distinction anymore, and that’s kind of a bummer.