Tag:Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:44 pm

Surgery for Saltalamacchia

Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will have surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, according to Twitter posts from multiple reporters with the team in Chicago.

Saltalamacchia will be operated on by Dr. Thomas Graham, who also performed thumb surgery on Boston's Kevin Youkilis this season, on Tuesday. Saltalamacchia, acquired in a trade with the Rangers at the trade deadline, has appeared in just 12 games for the Red Sox, batting .167. He has a much bigger upside than he's shown in Boston, but will need to get fully recovered to show it.

The operation will repair the UCL joint in his thumb. Tests showed the ligament has partially torn away from the bone. Saltalamacchia said he suffered the injury while playing at Triple-A for the Rangers, something the Red Sox would probably like to have known prior to the trade, but the catcher was trying to play through it.

"I caught a ball wrong, felt some discomfort in my thumb, but wanted to keep playing, so I kept playing," Saltalamacchia told the Providence Journal. "Then I got traded over here and I just wanted to play. I’ve been having some discomfort off and on, so I kind of admitted some stuff to the training staff and Tito. I told them I still wanted to play, but they felt it was better to just shut it down, see what’s wrong with it, make sure it’s nothing serious. This offseason is the most important thing, so that’s what we decided to do."

Saltalamacchia should be ready for spring training. He'll be in the mix at catcher for the Red Sox, who are up in the air at the position as it's unknown whether Victor Martinez and/or Jason Varitek will return.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 5:21 pm

Saltalamacchia becomes 19th BoSox player on DL

Jarrod Saltalamacchia At some point, one just has to throw in the towel and concede that the gods just aren't interested in helping out.

The Red Sox recorded their 19th player on the disabled list as backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was placed on the DL with a leg infection. Salty complained of a sore leg on Thursday and was sent to the hospital where an infection was found, according to the Boston Globe .

Rest easy -- it's not the MRSA virus , but it's not clear what it is. Tests are currently taking place to see if it is a staph infection. Saltalamacchia, acquired from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline, is currently hooked up to an IV for antibiotics. Even though Salty could be out just a few days, the Red Sox couldn't afford to wait around for a backup catcher, so tapped Dusty Brown to replace Saltalamacchia.

This is Brown's second stint with the Red Sox, having previously paired up with Kevin Cash to form one of the worst offensive catching tandems while Victor Martinez was on the DL. (Gustavo Molina also paired up with Cash for their own terrible combo.) Brown hit  .182 in 11 plate appearances as a 28-year-old after replacing . Down in Triple-A, Brown has split time with Mark Wagner to hit .219/.309/.391 in 247 plate appearances.

Wagner, for his part, is at .202/.264/.340 in 107 PA and was on the disabled list, doing a rehab start for Class A Lowell. He has now rejoined the PawSox and will pair with Molina.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 4, 2010 9:38 am

Yankees, Red Sox talked trade

WEEI.com reports that the efforts to trade Mike Lowell, who made a triumphant return to the Boston lineup Tuesday, included one unexpected partner: the Yankees.

The bitter rivals haven't completed a trade, even a minor one, in 13 years. In 1987, the Red Sox sent Mike Stanley to the Yankees for Tony Armas Jr. and Jim Mecir. Since then, radio silence.

But apparently the Red Sox were so eager to find a match for the unneeded Lowell that they would listen to any offer. The framework was in place for a three-way deal with New York, Boston and Texas that would have sent Lowell to New York, Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Boston and prospects to Texas. The Yankees pulled out of that deal last Friday after they became concerned about Lowell's medical report. Boston later traded directly for Saltalamacchia.

Lowell wasn't crazy about the idea.

"It’s very hard to swallow that the team you played for, and you feel you’re giving everything you’ve got, felt that they’d be better equipped for me not only not to be on it, but to be on the rival team? That’s hard," Lowell said.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 5:34 pm

Red Sox acquire Saltalamacchia, deal Ramirez

Jarrod Saltalamacchia The Red Sox made two separate trades, dealing away Ramon Ramirez to the Giants and acquiring Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Texas.

Ramirez shone as a reliever for the Rockies in 2006 before a terrible 2007 season sent him to K.C. for 2008. He delivered on that potential before moving onto Boston for Coco Crisp and posted back-to-back seasons of sub-3.00 ERAs. However, while his strong season in 2008 was legitimate, the 2009 one was with a mirage of a 6.7 K/9 (down from 8.8) and 4.1 BB/9, similar to the Royals numbers but not helpful when combined with that K-rate.

Ramirez is back to being like gasoline on a fire as regression to the mean has hit him hard. His K and BB rates remain unchanged, leaving him at a 4.46 ERA in 42 1/2 innings. He was sent out for Daniel Turpen, a 23-year-old Double-A reliever has promise to emerge as a middle reliever one day.

The prize of the day for Boston is Jarrod Saltalamacchia, once a key to the Mark Teixeira trade that sent him from Texas to Atlanta. Boston has been trying to get him for years, and would have once upon a time cost Clay Buchholz.

This time, it cost Boston a mid-Class A first baseman in Chris McGuiness, low-Class A starter Roman Mendez, a player to be named later and cash (surprise).

McGuiness, 22, has shown blossoming power but is a bit old for his level. He is smart and is popular with teammates. His line on the year in 282 at-bats is .298/.416/.504 -- a strong line no matter how you cut it.

Mendez, 20, is the type of raw player that teams should absolutely take fliers on every now and then. Texas did this with Boston when acquiring Engel Beltre in the Eric Gagne deal. Beltre is a budding star now and is one of Texas' best minor-league players. Mendez, for his part, throws in the upper 90s and dominated the Dominican Summer League and rookie ball the last two seasons. His ERA is a sky-high 11.40 in six starts for Greenville, but for low-Class A Lowell is at 4.36 over eight starts with 35 whiffs in 33 innings. He's a great live arm to take a project on with.

Salty, for his part, has seen his luster fade in recent years.

Splitting 2007 between Texas and Atlanta at 22, Salty hit .266/.310/.422 in 329 plate appearances, the best mark of his career so far. He's chimed in with a .253/.352/.364 line over 230 PA in 2008 and .233/.290/.371 in 310 PA in 2009. He has only five at-bats to his name in 2010, as he has spent most of the season either on the disabled list (back issues) or Triple-A. The injury-prone catcher has a .244/.326/.445 line in Triple-A which is his second-poorest season in the minors overall.

He's been plagued with the yips, struggling to throw the ball back to the pitcher on the mound although that has turned around in recent weeks. All in all, he is still a strong prospect -- even if he's 25 now -- and a great flier for the Red Sox to take given their open-ended future at catcher. For Texas' part, they receive two strong, intriguing prospects for someone who desperately needed a change of scenery.

-- Evan Brunell

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