Two days after the Miami Marlins placed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the seven-day concussion disabled list, the Marlins' starting catcher may have to be transferred to the 15-day DL as a result of persistent concussion-likew symptoms.
Saltalamacchia began his stint on the disabled list Sunday after being injured in Saturday night's contest against the Atlanta Braves.
"Salty is still the same," manager Mike Redmond said. "I don't even know how long he's going to be."
By rule, Saltalamacchia must miss a minimum of seven days. If more time is needed, he would be transferred to the 15-day DL.
Before going down, Saltalamacchia was hitless in his previous 13 at-bats. He posted a .237/.335/.404 line before being injured, and although he has done a nice job handling Miami's young rotation, was also in the midst of a defensive funk.
Jeff Mathis has been starting in Saltalamacchia's absence, and has proven to be a valuable backup option. The Marlins rightfully want to make sure Saltalamacchia is healthy before he is activated from the disabled list. The former Boston backstop played 121 games for the Red Sox last season, and is known as one of baseball's more durable catchers.
"Salty has to make sure he is symptom-free," Redmond said.
Basically, the catcher's head has to be clear for three or four straight days before he can begin baseball activities.
J.T. Realmuto was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville, but is yet to make his major league debut. The expectation is that Realmuto will start at least one of Miami's two games in Tampa Bay against the Rays.
Realmuto thrived offensively in Jacksonville, posting a .301/.364/.503 slash line to complement 31 RBIs. He may be a quality catching option moving forward and has developed quickly, notably faster than Rob Brantly.
Saltalamacchia's absence is significant for a Marlins team competing within the National League East, but should he be transferred to the 15-day DL, Miami has enough catching depth to get by.