According to several sources, the Miami Marlins will be without veteran catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Sunday afternoon. Miami's official Twitter account reported the news.
Saltamacchia is off to a .237/.335/.405 start, but his offensive production dropped significantly in May. In addition to his offensive contributions, Saltalamacchia has managed a young Miami pitching staff that is without ace Jose Fernandez. While Jeff Mathis is efficient in the typical spot start, Saltalamacchia's presence is notably significant.
Saltalamacchia was hitless in his last four games, and recently has had a bit of trouble defensively. On Saturday afternoon, a throwing error led to an unearned run in the ninth inning of the 9-5 loss.
J.T. Realmuto was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville in the corresponding roster move. Realmuto posted a .301/.364/.503 slash line in Jacksonville while hitting five home runs and adding 31 RBIs in 46 games.
Mathis will likely receive most of the playing time while Saltalamacchia is on the DL, but Realmuto's success at Double-A should be enough to get him at least a pair of spots while he is with the Marlins. Carrying three catchers isn't likely, meaning Realmuto's time with Miami will probably be short lived.
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