Saltalamacchia went 2-for-5 with a homer, his seventh of the season, in Thursday's loss to the Orioles. The catcher was riding a six-game hitless streak entering Thursday's game, but found his stroke and blasted his first longball since April 23 (he hit six home runs in his first 12 games of the year). The switch-hitting 31-year-old has battled injuries his entire career, limiting him to less than 400 at-bats in all but two of his nine big league seasons. He's once again on pace to fall short of that mark, reducing his value to daily leagues only.
Saltalamacchia is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers. Saltalamacchia will sit in favor of James McCann for the third time in four games. While Saltalamacchia got off to a nice start with six homers in a little over two weeks, he's recorded just four hits in his last eight games and it looks like he will play second fiddle now that McCann is healthy.
Saltalamacchia is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Indians. Saltalamacchia went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his last start on May 1. His average is just .230 for the season but has shown solid power, posting six home runs and 16 RBI through 19 games.
Saltalamacchia is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins. Saltalamacchia will get the day off after starting five of the last six games. Over that stretch he is just 1-for-13, so a day off could help him get back on track offensively.
Saltalamacchia is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics. Saltalamacchia has gone 0-for-9 over his past three games, dropping his average down to .229. After playing in the team's last 11 games (starting 10 of those), Saltalamacchia will give way to Bobby Wilson behind the plate.
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