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D-backs Select Jarrod Saltalamacchia from Reno, place Tuffy Gosewisch on 15-day disabled list

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, placed catcher Tuffy Gosewisch on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee ACL injury and transferred catcher Óscar Hernández to the 60-day disabled list, as announced by D-backs Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart.

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Saltalamacchia, who turned 30 on May 2, will wear No. 8 in his D-backs debut. He signed with the D-backs as a Minor League free agent on May 8, and in 9 games with Triple-A Reno, had 2 home runs and 7 RBI. He ranks among active Major League catchers in runs scored (8th, 323), doubles (8th, 142), home runs (T-10th, 90), RBI (12th, 320) and hits (13th, 576).

Saltalamacchia appeared in 9 games for the Marlins before being released on May 7. He was a member of the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox. He owns a career .240 average (576-for-2,403) with 142 doubles, 90 home runs and 320 RBI over parts of 9 seasons with the Braves (2007), Rangers (2007-10), Red Sox (2010-13) and Marlins (2014-15). He was drafted by the Braves in the first round (36th overall selection) in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

Gosewisch, 31, who made his second Opening Day roster with the D-backs (2013-14), appeared in 38 games this season. He had reached base safely in 27 of his 34 starts and in 11 straight games twice (April 6-21 & May 10-25). He threw out 6 of his last 11 attempted basestealers and 9 of his last 20 overall.

Hernández, 21, has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 4 with a fractured left hand. He was selected in the Rule 5 Draft from the Rays on Dec. 11, 2014.


Initial hopes that this would be just a relatively minor sprain in Tuffy's knee now seem unfortunately wrong.

For a catcher, that's horrible, because no other position puts as much strain on the knees, what with all the crouching behind home plate. If that is indeed the case, it's quite possible he won't be back this season. And given the likelihood we go with Peter O'Brien and Oscar Hernandez in 2016, even if Tuffy is able to return to full health, we may have seen the last of Gosewisch in a Diamondbacks' uniform.